Joe Blaes, DDS
I know that many of you are interested in the clinical research on the products that you purchase. I urge you to join the Oral Cancer Foundation by visiting the foundation's website at www.oralcancerfoundation.org. The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service, nonprofit entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support activities. While some think oral cancer is rare, it is diagnosed in about 100 individuals each day in the U.S. alone. A person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. This site will provide you with hundreds of pages of information about the rates of occurrence, risk factors that lead to oral cancer, signs and symptoms, treatments, current research, complications of treatment, nutrition, related clinical trials, and current oral cancer-related news. The foundation supports numerous oral cancer-related events each year such as free screening events and educational seminars around the country.
The Canary System
from Quantum Dental Technologies.While walking the exhibit hall floor at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in February, I came across this caries detection system that finds
Please visit www.TheCanarySystem.com for more information.
Do you believe in early detection? The VELscope Vx is the latest-generation, fluorescence-based detection device from LED Dental. This is the first device that the FDA cleared to help detect lesions that might not be visible to the naked eye. In addition, it is the first FDA-cleared device to help determine the appropriate surgical margin. This device is cordless, portable, and rechargeable. The exam is easy, takes less than two minutes, and is nonthreatening to patients. The difference between early and late detection of oral cancer can be the difference between life and death. I watched my daughter-in-law die from cancer over a period of three years, and it is not pretty. Oral cancer is most often discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate is only about 30%. Many of these survivors have had disfiguring surgery. When discovered early, however, the survival rate leaps to about 82%. A two-minute VELscope Vx exam can turn a routine visit to your practice into a life-saving experience. The optional digital camera attachment system for the VELscope Vx enables you to quickly and easily take high-quality fluorescent and white light images as photo documentation for your records, and to facilitate communication with specialists to whom you might refer patients.
Go to www.denmat.com to order and for more information.
from Akida Holdings LLC.I've been using this NASA-developed product, which was designed to remove ethylene gas from the air aboard the Space Shuttle, in my office and home since July 2012. In later research, NASA engineers determined that AirocideDS also kills bacteria, viruses, odors, and even anthrax. Do you remember the video entitled, "If Saliva Were Red," that was made years ago? This video vividly shows the extent of the problem that dental offices face, and yet I don't think I've ever seen a dentist do anything about it. In a way, the profession is fortunate that the general public is largely unaware of the video. Imagine if people really knew about the amount of airborne pathogens and bioburden in our offices. Would it affect the frequency of repeat procedures? Would it impact a patient's view about a particular practice? Could it actually cost a dentist patients from fear that the dentist down the road was offering a simple, low-cost solution to this secret problem? Perhaps. This is why I was so taken aback by the prospects of this company that is new to the dental arena. The company claims its AirocideDS unit is virtually 100% effective in destroying volatile organic compounds, the bad stuff emitted by products you have around your office. This includes aerosol sprays, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, gluteraldehyde, gases such as nitrous oxide, building materials, paints and paint thinners, new carpeting, new office
Call (636) 343-6808 for more information.
Monarch™ Surface Disinfectant and Monarch™ All-Purpose Wipes
from Air Techniques.When it comes to infection control for your practice, reach for Monarch. The new Monarch line of infection-control products for
Visit www.airtechniques.com for more information.
To have Dr. Joe Blaes present his lecture, "Pearls For Your Practice®," for your study group or dental society, please call (866) 274-4500.
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