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Product Report

Jan. 1, 2003
Are you struggling to find the time to perform the complete periodontal exams that ADA indicates must be recorded on all patients?

Pro-Dentec introduces the STM® Probe

Are you struggling to find the time to perform the complete periodontal exams that ADA indicates must be recorded on all patients? Are you waiting for help with charting or just stuck spot-probing because you work alone? Pro-Dentec® announces the STM® Probe, a revolutionary new system designed to simplify compliance with today's standard of care.

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The STM Probe is an affordable, easy-to-use, and comfortable automated probe. This stand-alone system allows the hygienist to do an unassisted exam and provides a printout of bleeding points and probing depths. No foot pedal is required since all feedback is through the handpiece itself. The digitally accurate unit audibly announces probe measurements and bleeding points for patients to hear. Clinicians report dramatic increases in case acceptance due to the impact of the new technology.

For more information or to order, call (800) 228-5595.

Duraflor® unit-dose varnish is quick and easy

Duraflor® 5% sodium fluoride varnish relieves sensitive teeth by coating the dental tubules with an easy, brush-on application. In most cases, it will provide immediate relief for the patient. Each pre-measured unit-dose contains 0.5ml of 5 percent fluoride varnish, along with a disposable brush (one adult application per unit-dose).

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Duraflor is easy and simple to use! Just paint-on the thick varnish and it dries immediately, even in the presence of saliva. The product will remain in place up to eight hours allowing maximum fluoride uptake. Studies have indicated patients will be free of hypersensitivity for up to six months.

It is packaged in a box of 16 - 1ml unit-dose applications (Item #1011). Suggested retail is $25 per box. Special offer! Buy three boxes — get one free! Net price: $18.75 per box. Also available in an economical 10ml tube (Item #10011).

Medicom, Inc®, developed the product and is available through all dental distributors. Call your local dealer to place your order. For product information, call (800) 361-2862 or visit

Oral-B announces the CrossAction® Vitalizer™

The CrossAction® Vitalizer™ is a new manual toothbrush that is clinically proven to significantly reduce gingivitis in only four weeks, and remove 90 percent of plaque between teeth after a single use — twice as much as the leading manual toothbrush.

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The CrossAction Vitalizer adds a row of new, soft-gum stimulators on either side of the brush head to surround CrossAction's proprietary CrissCross® bristles The stimulators massage gums and increase circulation while the CrissCross bristles flex and straighten, actively penetrating between the teeth and along the gumline to lift out and sweep away plaque.

The new toothbrush is available at food, drug, and mass retailers. Dental professionals can receive a sample for personal use by calling (800) 446-7252.

New gloves eliminate powder worries

Dental professionals who prefer to avoid natural-rubber latex exam gloves will welcome yet another new choice from the glove experts at SmartPractice®.

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Flextec™ powder-free, non-latex exam gloves offer wearers a new alternative to traditional powdered latex exam gloves. The glove's completely synthetic material is virtually free of powder, latex processing chemicals, and natural rubber latex. Wearers will appreciate the surface of this new glove which is soft and velvety to the touch while combining comfort, excellent barrier protection, and superb tactility.

The unique PVC formulation of Flextec renders the glove material resistant to decomposition by oxidative hazards such as ozone and ultraviolet light. These qualities serve to make the material an excellent defense against bacterial and viral penetration.

Flextec gloves also feature beaded cuffs to help avoid unexpected "roll-downs," are medical-grade, and available in an extra-long, 11-inch cuff, in sizes X-Small to Large.

For more information on product selection and introductory pricing, call (800) 522-0595, Ext. 555.

Floss Brush removes plaque and places fluoride

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Floss Brush removes plaque and food particles from between teeth, stimulates gums, and leaves teeth with a protective fluoride coating. Floss Brush also is great for cleaning around bridgework, implants, and braces. It is recommended by hygienists as a part of a daily dental care routine. In the office, Floss Brush also can be used as an applicator.

For more information, call (865) 983-1300 or visit

Via-Jet PRO oral irrigator

OraTec Corp., maker of TheraSol and a leading supplier of anti-infective periodontal products, announces the all-new Via-Jet PRO Oral Irrigator.

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Despite many new features, the Via-jet PRO is even less expensive than its predecessor. It features fingertip control from a full stream to a gentle drip with the flick of a thumb, conserving expensive antimicrobial solutions. The optional cannula adaptor irrigates to the full pocket depth.

Its vertical design saves valuable countertop space, and the built-in, rugged reservoir features measuring lines to conveniently mix irrigation solutions. Large controls make it easy for the elderly, arthritics, and children to use. An automatic safety switch and reset detects electrical or overheating problems. Extra tips and excess cord store right in the unit.

For more information, call (800) 368-3529, e-mail at [email protected], or visit

New Dental Insurance Coding Handbook

The completely updated Dental Insurance Coding Handbook — 4th Edition contains the required HIPAA current version CDT-4 codes needed by all dental offices and insurance carriers (effective January 2003).

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More than just a listing of codes, this comprehensive manual details payment guidelines, information on writing narratives, attachments, common terms, and charting and documentation essentials.

Easy to use and understand, it can help speed up insurance reimbursement and protect offices against adverse utilization review. It is written by Carol Tekavec, RDH, insurance columnist for Dental Economics magazine and speaker on recordkeeping and insurance for the ADA Seminar Series.

The manual is available for $97 plus $6.50 shipping. For orders and information, call (800) 548-2164 or visit

Banta TIDI® printed disposable tray covers

While performing routine patient exams and cleanings, record all caries, cracked teeth, periodontal problems, sensitive areas, and other concerns directly on the improved tray cover. Don't trust problem areas to memory!

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These tray covers improve communications between the hygienist, doctor, assistant, and patient. Your patient will better understand the problems by discussing the illustrations and notes. The practice will increase production, and OSHA guidelines will be met. There is no need to risk cross-contamination by touching the patient's permanent record until after the exam has been completed; just transcribe the information already on the tray cover.

Order tray covers through your dealer. For more information and sizing options, call (800) 215-5464, Ext. 4331, or visit

Free samples of Kodak SureSoft packets

Dental hygienists interested in trying Kodak's innovative SureSoft packets can now receive and sample the product in free trial packs.

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SureSoft packets feature a soft, cushioned edge that feels more comfortable in patients' mouths. The new sample size includes six SureSoft Packets featuring Kodak InSight intraoral dental film, enabling clinicians to realize up to 60 percent less radiation exposure time than D-speed film along with improved patient comfort.

For more information about SureSoft packets, or to order a SureSoft packet sample pack, call (800) 933-8031 or visit