February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

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The American Dental Association is pleased to provide you with the February 2017 National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) Program Planning Guide. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers and many others.

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide offers program coordinators resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation and much, much more.

This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan, “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” is displayed in English on one side of the poster and in Spanish on the reverse side. In addition to the campaign slogan, the message “I love tap water” is displayed as emoji, with the familiar NCDHM characters – the Smileys, McGrinns and K9 featured in the poster design, having fun climbing and sliding on and around the emoji.

These versatile materials will help speakers, teachers, and others who want to address both age groups. To order the FREE posters and download materials, visit the NCDHM website at ADA.org/ncdhm.

Dental Upholstery Cleaning and Maintenance

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The importance of maintaining the upholstery on your dental patient chair and operator stools is more than obvious. Here are a few quick care and cleaning tips, plus links for more in depth information from our upholstery manufacturers.


Normal Care and Cleaning

Almost all upholstery as well as chair base assemblies should be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution – usually 10% dish or general purpose detergent. Use a soft cloth or towel to apply and dry with a lint-free cloth or towel.



Special Cleaning Problems

Boltaflex and Naugahyde can be cleaned and disinfected with a 10% diluted household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) solution (1:9 bleach to water ratio).  Boltaflex also recommends Formula 409 or Fantastic non-abrasive all purpose cleaners.



Rinse and Dry

Following cleaning and disinfection with bleach, rinse cleaned area with fresh water then dry with a clean lint-free cloth. Many practices use anti-bacterial cleaners on upholstery throughout the day and never wash these off. This practice over time wears away the protective coating of the upholstery. Discoloration and premature wear or cracking not only looks bad, but becomes much more difficult to clean and disinfect.


Please refer to these links or your chair manufacturer’s website for more comprehensive cleaning and care instructions.

If your upholstery has become worn or discolored our Upholstery Service can bring your Dental Chairs or Stools back to life.

This post was originally published Sep 20, 2012.

Video shorts: Improving your patient’s experience with CBCT imaging!

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We are constantly striving to assist you, the doctor, with ways to improve the application of new technology in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as provide a more accurate and professional service to your patients. With that in mind, I am pleased to offer these informative videos when you are considering the purchase of a 3D X-ray for your practice.


Creating a Panoramic Curve in 3D Imaging Software

How to Trace the Mandibular Nerve Canal

3D Imaging Software Overview

Using Markers – Dental implants and CBCT

3D imaging gives you a tremendous advantage to diagnose, plan, and place implants, and greatly improves patient education and case acceptance.  It is my hope that you will discover a new perspective on the advantages of 3D imaging.  If you are upgrading to 3D imaging or transitioning to digital let me be a resource to you.

Thanks to Dr. Jeff Brooks, University of Tennessee, Wesley Newsome and Stomatotech.

Dale Stewart
Director of Digital Imaging
(866) 815-7606  x 2747

January is National Mentoring Month

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January is National Mentoring Month, and Dental Planet is recognizing it as National Mentoring Month in North Texas! A relationship supported by a quality mentor can help a young person succeed at school, in social relationships and at home. And those who volunteer as mentors will tell you the experience is equally rewarding for them. Become a mentor In Real Life!  #MentorIRL

November is American Diabetes Month

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Did you know that 1 in 11 Americans today has diabetes? Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible disease. It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes. Often there are no outward signs from the 29 million Americans who fight this chronic illness every day. That’s why there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many of us.
This is exactly why the American Diabetes Association marks each November as American Diabetes Month—to bring extra attention to the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.

This November, the organization will showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes. The 2016 campaign, sponsored by Colgate Total® (National Oral Care Strategic Partner) and Medtronic Diabetes®, invites all of us to use #ThisIsDiabetes to share personal stories and to start a dialogue about what it really means to live with diabetes.

You can also update your Facebook profile picture to help raise awareness—and don’t forget that you can always donate or sign up to become an advocate to help the American Diabetes Association continue their critical work.

To learn more and view #ThisIsDiabetes stories from around the country, check out diabetes.org/adm. Be sure to also follow the American Diabetes Association on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Fun Facts about Veterinarians

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Veterinarian Facts

With 62% of American households owning a pet, it is no secret that veterinarians are in high demand. Veterinary care accounts for 14.37 billion of the total amount of money spent on pet care in 2013, so investing in an experienced vet is a must for the overall health and safety of your furry friend. Veterinarians are pretty interesting characters, and here are some fun facts about these animal whisperers.

  • The term veterinarian comes from the Latin world veterinae which means ‘working animals’.
  • Dogs are the most popular animal to show up on their veterinary exam table, as 46.3 million households in the United States own a dog!
  • Almost 80% of practicing veterinarians are females.
  • All vets must have a specialty. The most common form would be a general practice with household pets and the occasional surgery needing specialty veterinarian equipment. But, others may go on to complete intensive studies oncology, radiology, animal dentistry, dermatology, cardiology, preventative animal medicine, internal medicine, or exotic small animal medicine and surgery.
  • Not all vets practice medicine, some work in basic research and development of new treatments. Others, however, apply their knowledge of animals and apply that to human problems. Veterinarian science reveals that about 61% of all the disease-causing agents in humans originate in animals. Vets were even at the forefront of ending malaria in the United States!
  • Veterinarians are can profit incredibly by using refurbished medical equipment. Because they do not treat humans, they do not have to worry about the constant development of new and more expensive veterinary equipment that may not necessarily be better. They can take advantage and buy used medical equipment that will help them lower the costs of your animal’s visit.
  • Vets must take an oath when they graduate medical school promising they will use their knowledge for the benefit and protection of animal health and welfare. Additionally, they solemnly swear to relieve animal suffering, advance medical knowledge, promote public health, and practice their profession with dignity, while abiding by veterinary medical ethics.
  • In certain situations, vets can have very dangerous jobs! No matter how well behaved an animal can be, there is no way of telling what can happen on that veterinary exam table. Statistically speaking, more than half of all vets will get seriously injured in their line of work!

Have any other fun facts? Feel free to comment them below!

For the latest in Veterinary Equipment check out our sister site DPHealth.com.