Dr Flucke's Top 6 Test Drives of 2021

Dental Products Report, Dental Products Report December 2021, Volume 55, Issue 12

Chief Clinical Editor and Technology Editor John Flucke, DDS, describes the most exciting products he tested in his practice this year.

Well, that was fast! 2021 went by in a hurry. It seems, at least to me, that 2 weeks ago I was working on my January column and the next thing I know, it’s time for the Top 5 Test Drives.

I really love what I do here at Dental Products Report®. I have always loved to tinker and experiment with things. As regular readers of this column know, my tinkering and hacking go all the way back to my early childhood, when my parents never knew what they would find taken apart next. That stuff is just part of my DNA.

Now I get to channel that energy in ways to help you, the reader, make better decisions about products and techniques. This is a job I love and don’t take lightly.

Every year I get the opportunity to test a lot of products in my practice. The ability to actually get hands-on time with the latest and greatest helps me understand these new devices and techniques and see how they impact the industry. Then I get to make a list, check it twice, and write about the 5 things that most impressed me in the past year. This list is by no means inclusive; it is subjective, after all. However, these are the 5 things­—actually 6 this year—that made the biggest impact on me in 2021.

Wrapping Up

Not too long ago I read an article stating that medical knowledge doubles every 18 months. If that is true (and it may be an underestimate), it’s almost hard to imagine where our field is headed.

As another year draws to a close, I’d like to take this last paragraph to tell all of you who read my columns how much I appreciate each and every one of you. I love getting the opportunity to work with these cutting-edge products and techniques and then tell you all about them. I hope you find value in what I bring and I promise to continue to work hard bringing you the best information and product recommendations I can. Thank you all so much. I’ll see you in January!