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Cordless hygiene handpiece: Plus, pediatric mitten helps during infants' teething cycle

March 16, 2016
Kim Miller, RDH, reviews a cordless hygiene handpiece, as well as a pediatric mitten that helps during infants' teething cycle.

By Kim Miller

Cordless Prophylaxis Handpiece

This new cordless handpiece by DentalEZ debuted at the 2015 Greater New York Meeting. The iStar is designed to make dental hygiene procedures easier, faster, and less stressful.

Best of all this technology offers improved ergonomics through freedom from hoses and foot pedals. In addition, you can use your choice of a disposable prophy angle. You also have the ability to adjust the speed of rotation between 500 and 2500 rpm.

For more information, please visit dentalez.com/istar/ or call (866) 383-4636.

Baby Teething Mitten

Munch Mitt was created from an observed need by Melissa Hyslop (shown in photo with two small customers). It's a great solution for teething infants in the three to eight months age range (may be used up to 12 months), who are still learning consistent grip and direction. This "handy" teething solution has a textured flexible silicone surface that provides soothing teething pain relief. The mitten provides easy hand to mouth access while protecting the baby's hands from excess saliva and chewing.

Munch Mitt is interchangeable and can be worn on whichever hand the baby prefers. The adjustable strap secures the mitten and prevents the constant dropping of teething toys.

The mitten provides entertainment with its crinkle noise, black and white poke-a-dot pattern and brightly colored silicone enhancements.

Munch Mitt is made with BPA- and phthalate-free, food-grade silicone and soft, breathable, and water-resistant fabric. It has been tested by Intertek to ensure it meets or exceeds all federal safety requirements, including Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, American Society for Testing and Materials regulations, and the most current Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in both the U.S. and Canada.

Munch Mitt is the recipient of the 'Parent Tested Parent Approved' award, National Parenting Publication Awards Gold Winner 2015, and Baby Maternity Magazine Top Choice Award 2015.

This is one of the best teething items I've seen since Sophie the Giraffe. You can purchase Munch Mitt at RightStart, Von Maur and uncommongoods.com. Or you can check Munch Mitts out for yourself when you visit munchmitt.com.

Make A Wish Foundation

From now until December 31, 2016, Colgate Palmolive will donate 4% off the sales price of every children's toothbrush purchase by dental offices in the United States to the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a minimum contribution of $250,000. Make-A-Wish is known to provide an amazing once in a lifetime experience for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. According to a recent Make-A-Wish impact study, they have also been found to help the physical health of the child and improve their overall quality of life.

Colgate's donation will enable numerous smiles from the children whose wishes are granted! For more information, visit colgateprofessional.com/wish.

ECO Prophy Angle

Since 1931, Denticator has been a pioneer in the industry. Their newest and greenest innovation, the Denticator Eco, is made with 25% less plastic when compared to the leading brands of disposable prophy angles. Not only is the angle earth friendly, the 125-count box is biodegradable, compostable, and made with 100% recycled materials

(more data available on website). Each prophy angle comes individually wrapped in recyclable film.

The Denticator Eco prophy angle features:

• Textured eco leaf grip design

• Exterior ribbed cup designed for reduced splatter

• Slim neck diameter for better visibility and access

• Rounded head designed for superior maneuverability

• Compact, ergonomic prophy angle body

Help support a greener dental environment by giving the new Denticator Eco a try today. Simply place an order with your dealer and be sure to visit denticator.com for more information or to request a sample. RDH

KIM MILLER, RDH, BSDH, is the co-founder of PerioFrogz.com, an information-based website providing free current oral-systemic research summaries and patient education downloads. Kim is also a coach with Inspired Hygiene, delivering customized hands-on training. She speaks internationally, writes articles and webinars, and enjoys clinical dental hygiene. Kim lives in Arizona and welcomes you to contact her at [email protected].