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Patients learn the "Dental Essentials"

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Patients learn the "Dental Essentials"

Developed by Oral-B with the input of dental professionals, Oral-B Dental Essentials feature a variety of oral-care topics, including:

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  • Tips and Tools to Promote Better Oral Health
  • Start Early, Start Right
  • Oral Care and Braces
  • Keeping Clean In Between
  • Pregnancy and Oral Hygiene

Valuable retail coupons and rebates for various Oral-B products are enclosed with each patient brochure, including a $10 rebate on the Braun Oral-B 3D Excel Pulsating Toothbrush. Oral-B Dental Essentials are packaged in packets of 50 leaflets.

Each order is limited to a maximum of two packages of each brochure, but professionals may re-order additional brochures thereafter. For displaying the patient brochures on either the counter or wall of dental offices, acrylic cases are available exclusively to Oral-B Guaranteed Savings Plan members.

Disney reminder cards now available!

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Now you can delight patients of all ages with their favorite Disney characters in both standard and laser-format postcards. Look for a full line of new Disney cards in SmartPractice's Patient Communication catalog and the SmartPractice Holiday Expressions catalog.

For more information and to order a catalog, call (800) 522-0800 or visit www.smartpractice.com.

Hand-crafted jewelry for dental hygienists

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Ja-Mar Jewelers, Inc., produces hand-made jewelry for dental hygienists. Currently, the company has six designs featuring the professional designation of "RDH" - a lapel pin, a ring, and four pendants. Most of the jewelry is available in either 14k yellow gold or sterling silver. Prices range from $10 to $45.

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Jewelry is available for other professions as well as dental hygiene - dentistry, dental assisting, physicians, nurses, etc.

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For more information on Ja-Mar's jewelry, visit http://www.jamarjewelers.com, or call (954) 722-9602.

To clean your evacuation system ...

L&R Manufacturing's E-VAC Cleaning System offers dental professionals a comprehensive and convenient alternative to difficult evacuation system cleaning. L&R E-VAC is specially formulated to dissolve organic debris (a known breeding ground for bacteria), rope saliva, and blood, thereby eliminating the root cause of odor. The non-foaming solution also is powerful enough to eliminate calcium build-up in the lines.

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E-VAC Evacuation System Cleaner Concentrate also features a convenient pre-measured pump, allowing for accuracy and less waste. In addition, an E-VAC Pak handy carrier that holds as much as four cleanings is included. One gallon contains up to 128 evacuation system cleanings. Daily usage eliminates organic debris and solids, keeping lines clean and odor-free.

For more information on L&R products, contact L&R Manufacturing Company, 577 Elm Street, Kearny, N.J. 07032-0607, call (201) 991-5330, or fax (201) 991-5870.

For immediate information, please visit www.LRultrasonics.com or e-mail info@LRultras onics.com.

A continuous waterline treatment system

Sterisil's PURETUBEtrademark is a three-month continuous waterline treatment system that provides safe, bacteria-free water that is odorless, tasteless, nontoxic, noncorrosive, and nonstaining.

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Sophisticated yet simple to use, it has been clinically proven to control the growth of microorganisms while not adversely affecting the bond strength on enamel surfaces.

It may be used on direct or independent water supply systems, requires no external power, and is safe to use on all dental equipment. For more information, call Sterisil at (877) 755-PURE or visit www.sterisil.com.

DME introduces body mat and head rest

Patient-eze is made from the highest quality memory foam and medical-grade coverings that are easily disinfectable. Patient-eze conforms to your patient's anatomy, eliminating pressure points and relieving anxiety.

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The body mat measures 19"x72" and incorporates a non-slip backing that conforms to most dental chairs.

For more information or to order, call DME Dezigns at (949) 421-0120, email dme@dmedezigns.com or visit www.dmedezigns.com.

New soap dispensing system

Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced All-N-1trademark, a disposable, self-contained soap system that includes the dispenser and soap in one unit. As soap is depleted, maintenance professionals simply discard the unit - which is recyclable - and install a new one. The All-N-1 is ideal for any setting where general-purpose soaps are used.

The system is made of durable high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, and offers sleek curved styling. Available in white or black, it coordinates well with other dispensers.

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The All-N-1 system requires no dispenser investment, lease agreement, or costly customer repairs. The unit installs simply into easy-to-mount brackets vs. more complicated wall dispensers. Users get a new, clean dispenser and pump with each refill. While disposable, the All-N-1 offers the appearance of a permanent, wall-mounted dispenser. It provides easy and reliable dispensing, and does not leak, clog, or drip. The see-through back window helps the maintenance staff quickly see when it's time to change the unit.

The new system is available in 2.5 L dispensers - more than three times the capacity of an 800 ml system - resulting in fewer run-outs and refills for maintenance. Five different Kimberly-Clark soap formulations can be used.

As with all Kimberly-Clark products, the All-N-1 system comes with the "No Questions Asked" guarantee. The guarantee reimburses purchasers up to $1,000 worth of free product if the initial product does not meet expectations.

For more information, call your sales representative, Kimberly-Clark Professional at (888) 346-4652, or visit www.kcprofessional.com

New findings compare effectiveness

ListerineRegistered Antiseptic Mouthrinse is the only leading, clinically proven, nonprescription mouthrinse widely established as an adjunct to mechanical oral-hygiene procedures for plaque and gingivitis control. Data from two six-month clinical trials comparing the effectiveness of rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash to daily flossing in fighting plaque and gingivitis were presented recently at a dental research meeting (IADR). The two studies showed that the antimicrobial action of Listerine is at least as good as flossing in improving gingival health and plaque reduction, especially in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. These findings support the fact that rinsing with Listerine after toothbrushing benchmarks with the gold standard of flossing in controlling interproximal plaque and gingivitis.

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The findings do not mean that flossing should be replaced with rinsing. Dentists and hygienists should talk to their patients about what is best for their oral healthcare routine, and devise strategies to target difficult-to-reach areas that are susceptible to plaque accumulation and gingivitis such as interproximal areas.

Interproximal plaque accumulation was reduced by 37.5 percent and 20 percent, respectively, in patients who rinsed twice a day with Listerine. In comparison, those patients who flossed daily showed a 2.1 percent and 3.4 percent reduction in interproximal plaque accumulation.

For more information, call Pfizer at (800) 223-0182.

Bio-2000 offers mint-flavored solution

Anodia Systems is the distributor for Bio-2000 and injection systems for dental unit waterlines. Bio-2000 was initially developed for use during operative procedures. The Bio-2000 replaces the water going through the high-speed handpiece or the scaler during operative and power scaling procedures.

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Bio-2000 is a mint-flavored solution for cleaning dental unit water lines or use during operative and scaling procedures. It is safe for the patient, staff, and equipment, and is effective against Pseudomonas aerugenosa. According to the manufacturer, Bio-2000 is recommended by most dental equipment manufacturers, and is distributed in 16-ounce bottles in cases of 10, or in 2.5 gallon jugs.

Anodia Systems invites you to see its Web site - www.Bio-2000.net - for an injection system picture and details.

For additional information, write to Anodia Systems, 514 S. Third Street, Danville, Ky., 40422, call (866) 246-2548, or email at info@bio-2000.net.

"Keep Smiling" video is a winner for kids

Children's Dental Health Clinic of Long Beach enlisted The 4th Floor, LLC, an Orange County-based creative services agency, to create and produce a video intended to change the perceptions children have about their dentists and improve their dental hygiene habits.

The results is titled "Keep Smiling" and it features an original score including "The Dental Rap" where Dr. Giggles and others show us how to take better care of our teeth. Also included is the finale number "Keep Smiling" that really got the kids singing.

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This video and its original music have been recognized by several awards festivals, including a TellyRegistered Award, a Videographer Award, and an In-Awe Award from the Medical Marketing Association for its use of music and creativity in video production.

Children's Dental Health Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides dental services to underprivileged children in Southern California. The video is being shown in public schools and in the lobbies of the Children's Dental Health Clinic.

The 4th Floor writes "Songs in the Key of Business" and creates scripts that incorporate the creativity of Hollywood with business topics. Agency president Martin Andelman affirms that video is the most effective medium for changing perceptions and affecting behavior, and digital video technology has brought the cost down to the point where virtually any organization can afford it.

For more information on how The 4th Floor can help your company or organization, call Martin Andelman at (714) 773-1093 or email at martin@the4thfloor.tv.

New insurance brochure for patients

"My insurance covers this ... right?" Written by Carol Tekavec, RDH, author of the Dental Insurance Coding Handbook and insurance columnist since 1995 for Dental Economics magazine, this six-panel brochure gives easy-to-understand answers to common patient questions about insurance plans.

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It covers why insurance doesn't pay 100 percent, what "UCR" really means, negative EOB language, and much more. Great for sending with statements, providing during treatment conferences, and displaying at the front desk.

Call for a free catalog or you may view an excerpt at www.steppingstonestosuccess.com. Prices are $45 for 50 brochures including viewing stand, $35 for 50 brochures.

For more information or to order, call (800) 548-2164 or visit www.steppingstonestosuccess.com.

Medicom, Inc. developed the product and is made available through all dental distributors. Please contact your local dealer to place your order.

For product information, please call (800) 361-2862 or visit www.medicom.com.

Hu-Friedy announces new implant scaler

Hu-Friedy, the leading manufacturer in hand-held dental instruments, introduces a new ergonomic implant scaler. The ImplacareRegistered implant maintenance instrument is now available with the ergonomic Satin SteelRegistered handle.

Satin Steel instruments have a lightweight, large diameter handle. The unique diamond texture on the Satin Steel handle provides a secure grip and greater rotational control, even through wet gloves. The Implacare Satin Steel handle is sterilizable and designed for extended use.

Implacare's replaceable curette and scaler tips are made from PlasteelRegistered, a high-grade resin that does not scratch titanium, allowing the clinician to perform scaling procedures without damage to implant abutments.

Implacare tips are available in three different paired designs: H6/7 Scaler, 204S Sickle Scaler and Columbia 4R/4L Curette. These tips are disposable and easily secured into the handle using dressing pliers. The Implacare Satin Steel handle (item code IMPHDL6) and tips are sold separately or as kits.

For more information on Implacare, please contact your authorized Hu-Friedy dealer representative, or call (800) HU-FRIEDY (483-7433).

New patient-education software introduced

CommuniDentcopyright, version 4.0, has been released by New Boston Software, Inc.

CommuniDent is multimedia dental patient-education software that is available on CD-ROM or DVD. The new version includes an underlying state-of-the-art video-based graphics engine insuring the highest quality and smoothest playback.

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Educational modules utilizing real-time video, graphics, clinical photos, animation, voice narration, and music explain to patients in a clear and nonthreatening way the procedures and options open to them in today's high-tech/high-touch office. Treatment modalities presented in CommuniDent version 4.0 represent the majority of options offered in the everyday general practice of dentistry.

CommuniDent is competitively priced at $695 for either CD-ROM or DVD. A free demonstration CD is available upon request.

For more information, call (866) 775-2455 or visit www.dentalpatienteducation.com

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