3M ESPE’s Ketac Nano: Not the glass ionomer you remember

June 11, 2013

Glass ionomer cements (GIC) were introduced to restorative dentistry in the late 1970s, featuring a chemistry that differentiated the material from other restoratives. GICs are self-adhesive to enamel and dentin, provide caries protective fluoride release at the margins, can have the fluoride within their chemical matrix recharged by outside exposure to other fluoride containing materials, and provide moisture tolerance.

Evolving: Continuing education doesn't have to stop at the trade show exit

February 12, 2013

First, as it pertains to new equipment, enhanced treatment and planning options, greater efficiency and the overall wow factor provided by technological innovations. Second, as practices realize today’s patients crave a personalized experience where more than just a number or a chart, they feel their needs are prioritized, and the practice delivers a high standard of clinical care without sacrificing personal care.

How to care for your digital radiography system

June 04, 2012

Adding a digital radiography system brings a range of operational improvements and efficiencies to a practice, and despite significant initial costs, these systems can even save a practice money over the long term. However, if the new, high-tech gear is not properly used and cared for, practices can find the price tag unexpectedly growing and eating away at the return on their investment.

Gotcha! The IRS nabs another

March 21, 2012

We are constantly reminded that our federal government is in debt. There is over $14 trillion in national debt, or over $128,000 per taxpayer. The federal budget deficit is in excess of $1.3 trillion. Our government is trying to close that deficit and has charged IRS with the task of enforcing the existing tax code.  

New course in non-invasive cosmetic dentistry announced

March 21, 2012

Beachwood, OH, April 7, 2011 – Dr. Harvey Silverman, the author of Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practices published on has introduced a new on-site cosmetic dentistry coaching and consultation program. 

Developing a hygiene philosophy of care

March 21, 2012

Many dentists have a written document that outlines their practice’s vision and philosophy. Ideally, the doctor shares this with the dental team and with patients as it is not only a statement of what you aspire to attain, but it is a useful tool for clear communication. It has been said that the difference between a vision and a hallucination is how many people see it! If your team and patients have not seen your practice philosophy, it may be a hallucination.

The invisible gorilla

March 21, 2012

Do you know what you’re missing? You might be surprised. A friend forwarded an e-mail to me, sometime in 2002, with the subject line, “I don’t normally forward these, but you HAVE to see this.” I clicked on the link and started watching a video of two teams passing a basketball. The scrolling text below the video told me to count the passes made by the team in the white shirts, while ignoring the passes made by the team in the black shirts. I focused intently on the white-shirted team.

The Eco-Dentistry Association updates website

March 21, 2012

Berkeley, CA (April 5, 2011) – The Eco-Dentistry Association™ (EDA), an international membership association formed to promote environmentally sound practices in dentistry, officially launched its  redesigned website, 

"Essentially a great answer for patients..."

March 21, 2012

With the advent of vital tooth bleaching, the market has been flooded with options leaving  patients confused about the process and often misled by Internet marketing and unsupervised OTC products. For a lot of our patients, nighttime bleaching with custom trays is simply not an option although it is a preferred method for many dentists as it uses carbamide peroxide with lower concentration and slower release time.

"The only curing solution you need..."

March 21, 2012

When I started in dentistry in 1986, the most powerful quartz halogen light required at least 40 seconds to fully cure an increment of composite, while conventional curing lights lacked power. When indirect restorations asserted their presence in the 1990s, materials like Empress (Ivoclar Vivadent) leucite porcelain or feldspathic porcelain veneers allowed light penetration. However, materials like InCeram (VITA) and Procera (Nobel Biocare) still did not.

The hygiene trio sisters

March 21, 2012

Ronald Reagan was president and David Letterman’s “Late Show with David Letterman” aired for the first time in 1982, the year Monique Judkins was licensed as a dental hygienist.

Time for a new look?

March 21, 2012

In the April issue of Dental Products Report, Patrick Crowley, author of Dental Office Design: 1001 Practical Tips for Creating your Ideal Dental Office, gave you advice to help you design the best space possible in your treatment rooms. Here, Emily Brooks, Product Manager - Lights, Cabinetry for Pelton & Crane, offers more tips for dentists who are planning to add new office furniture or cabinetry to their practice. 

Principles of effective direct mail, Part II

March 21, 2012

In our last Issue, we introduced and discussed the components of a successful direct mail campaign, included a Planning Checklist, and shared some of the more profitable target audiences, going into some detail about the pros and cons of targeting new residents.

Your design plan

March 21, 2012

It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from scratch or re-doing an existing office, when you’re ready to add operatory furniture and cabinetry to your practice, you need a plan.

Handpiece evolution

March 21, 2012

We’ve continued to see the evolution of the dental handpiece in the last few years. First it was the arrival of ProDrive ( and the turbine replacement system that uses a triangular chuck and a triangular bur shank to increase efficiency of the cut as well as the quality of the marginal preparation.

Bisco’s DUO-LINK™ Composite Luting Cement

March 21, 2012

Bisco’s DUO-LINK composite luting cement is a dual-cured, highly filled cement and competes in a very crowded and often confusing product niche in restorative dentistry. DUO-LINK is not a newly introduced product, but one that has had a long history of producing excellent clinical results.

Marketing Insider: Increase your ROI

March 21, 2012

Dental professionals, out of necessity, must pay close attention to detail. It is surprising, then, to learn how little attention is paid to monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of dentistry marketing tactics.