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    Top 5 product test drives of 2017

    Dr. Flucke breaks down the products that blew him away this year.



    MouthWatch and TeleDent

    Anyone who is involved with technology and clinical dentistry knows just how important communication is to helping your patients understand their needs and the solutions you can provide. That communication comes in the form of visual devices, and one of the most important of these is the intraoral camera.

    Over the years, dentistry has seen some impressive improvements in intraoral cameras. They have gone from cart-based, large-footprint boxes to the form factor or a SoniCare toothbrush with a USB cord.

    My first camera was cart-based and cost $15,000, so I was thrilled when I watched prices drop to around $3,500. A price drop of 77 percent is nothing to sneeze about. Yet, even though prices dropped that far, they failed to fall much further and maintain quality. Until, that is, MouthWatch came to market. The company is currently selling intraoral cameras that provide great images for $299. Yes, you read that correctly.

    When I first plugged my MouthWatch camera into the computer, I was not expecting much. However, the moment I started seeing the images it produced, I was blown away.

    The company also has an app for your computer called TeleDent. It allows you to do either live video conferencing using their camera and a regular webcam or just the MouthWatch camera. You can do live video conferences in a HIPAA-compliant system, or you can save the images and upload them to share on a HIPAA-compliant web server. Any time the person you share it with accesses the photos and/or makes changes you are notified.

    The system works well, is turnkey and is affordable. Smart!

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...


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