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June 1, 2005

New titanium suction valves

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Precision machined for lasting durability and ease of use, ASI’s new titanium suction instruments feature an exclusive single side-access valve design that virtually eliminates air leaks, yet provides for easy “pop-out” of the valve for cleaning. Its metal levers eliminate breakage associated with plastic lever designs. Available in titanium or anodized aluminum, both finishes will withstand harsh disinfectants and irrigants, including bleach. All pieces are fully autoclavable and feature swivel disconnects at base.

For more information, call ASI Medical, Inc., at (800) 566-9953.

Crest introduces new Pro-Health rinse

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New Crest Pro-Health Rinse - the first Crest mouthwash - “knocks out” 99 percent of germs that can cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath in just 30 seconds without the burn of alcohol. With this innovation, Crest has successfully formulated Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC) - the active ingredient that delivers the product’s health benefits - in a no-alcohol formula. It will be available at mass-market retailers nationwide in April 2005 and will be priced from $1.19 to $7.69 for five different sizes ranging from 36 ml to 1.5 liters.

After more than 10 years of development, Crest’s first mouthwash was created as an alternative to the intense experience of other oral rinses. The alcohol-free formula delivers an enjoyable rinsing experience along with oral health benefits that consumers desire, providing 12-hour protection against plaque and gingivitis. For more information, visit

DEFEND® SRG evacuation system cleaner

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Mydent International introduces DEFEND SRG evacuation system cleaner (formerly available from IconLabs). SRG used daily will keep lines running free and at maximum suction. The fast-acting cleaner readily dissolves potentially harmful biofilm, contains a germicidal agent, and uses the latest hydrodynamic technology, which helps prevent build-up.

SRG is available in easily stored gallon bottles with a no-guess, premeasuring pump. For more information, call (800) 275-0020, or visit

A professional-use tongue cleaner

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As hygienists continue to promote oral health, more hygienists are introducing their patients to tongue cleaning. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs published an article in a recent JADA issue that states, “Oral malodor is a recognizable condition that deserves professional attention.”

Tongue Sweeper® tongue cleaners were designed for a hygienist’s tray set-up to demonstrate and educate patients about tongue cleaning. Tongue Sweepers are made of non-allergenic, autoclavable stainless steel, and are gentle yet effective. They also are available for patient home use in assorted handle colors. Three Tongue Sweeper models are available - Tongue Sweeper PRO, Tongue Sweeper Model A, and the Tongue Sweeper Original.

Call Biocurv Medical Instruments at (800) 589-3043 or e-mail [email protected] for ordering information.

Lotte Xylitol sugar-free chewing gum

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Lotte USA, Inc. has announced the release of Lotte Xylitol sugar-free chewing gum made with Xylitol, the sugar substitute clinically shown to reduce tooth decay and plaque and to re-mineralize tooth enamel. International research has proven that Xylitol is the best sugar substitute for oral health. Xylitol also enhances flavors while providing a cooling sensation.

Lotte Xylitol sugar-free chewing gum stimulates salivary flow, which increases plaque pH and neutralizes acid. The increased flow of saliva contains minerals such as calcium and phosphate, which aid in re-mineralization. It also makes plaque less adhesive and easier to remove from teeth. No other sugar substitute functions in this beneficial way.

For more information call (269) 963-6664 or visit

Hu-Friedy announces the new Bag-ette™ pouch

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Hu-Friedy introduces the only self-sealing sterilization pouch specifically designed to fit the Hu-Friedy IMS™ Signature Series® cassettes. Bag-ette self-sealing sterilization pouches are constructed with durable materials and thick seals to help prevent instrument and cassette poke-through. The unique design optimizes the cassette fit, reducing bulky storage while simplifying packaging time. Built-in external and internal quality control indicators relay accurate time and temperature verification for peace of mind. The internal indicator strip can be attached to a patient’s chart for sterilization tracking.

For more information, call (800) HU-FRIEDY (483-7433).

Fun, safe, and personal self-expression

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Twinkles are tiny precious jewels designed to be bonded to the tooth, developed and well-established in Europe by Twindent, the cutting-edge dental fashion innovator. As a new form of dental cosmetics employing the skills and materials already present in the clinic, Twinkles employs a great style in a safe and reversible manner. The fast and easy bonding procedure can be done by hygienists and adds both fun and profit to the practice.

For information, call (866) 616-3588 or visit

Tronex disposable isolation gowns

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Tronex disposable isolation gowns have the cool and comfortable properties of breathable polypropylene spunbond material plus natural fluid resistance for excellent body protection. For superior comfort, fit, and durability, these isolation gowns are crafted with precision stitching, and cover securely with elastic cuffs, waist, neckties, and a full back. Tronex Healthcare, an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer, excels in superior product quality. Ask for item code No. 5540. The gowns come in soft yellow and blue, in unisize. Also available are styles with added PE coating for fluid-impervious protection.

For more information or to order, call (800) 833-1181, or e-mail [email protected].

New 2005 TotalCare product catalog

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TotalCare introduces the 2005 Product Guide. This comprehensive guide details the broad line of Metrex and Pinnacle infection-control products offered through TotalCare, including surface disinfectants, sterilants, instrument pre-cleaners, hand hygiene, surface barriers, disposable air/water syringe tips, and more. It also includes procedure wall charts and additional product information consistent with the CDC guidelines, OSHA, and OSAP.

To view the TotalCare Product Guide, visit or call (800) 841-1428.

New DEFEND® Omni-Care 7 lotion soap

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Mydent International releases DEFEND Omni-Care 7 lotion soap, a convenient and effective antiseptic soap that features an antioxidant formula with antimicrobial PCMX, a proven antiseptic that provides an extra level of protection in the operatory. In addition, Omni-Care 7, which contains seven natural ingredients, also incorporates Bio-Structure, an all-natural herbal ingredient that gently cleanses without the use of harsh chemicals. Aloe and Vitamin E help condition the skin and provide added protection against the effects of frequent washings.

Omni-Care 7 is available in 12-ounce and gallon containers. For more information, call (800) 275-0020, or visit

Plak Smacker introduces new patient hygiene kit

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Plak Smacker introduces a new patient hygiene kit designed for teen and adult patients. The patient-friendly zip pouch features a travel jewel-toned toothbrush, rectangular toothbrush cover, mouth mirror, mint-flavored floss, and a 29-tuft gum stimulator brush with Power Tip for easier access to posterior teeth. The new zip pouch has a space to accommodate appointment cards, business cards, or even a magnet, serving as a valuable marketing tool for your dental practice.

For more information or to order, call (800) 558-6684.

QuickBooks® 2005 In Your Practice workbooks now available

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Accounting not your thing? Stand in line … to get practical and simplified information on how to use QuickBooks In Your Practice. Susan Gunn has written both a Primer and Advanced workbook for QuickBooks. These simplified references are geared specifically toward dental practices. The Primer workbook has everything needed for using QuickBooks for both the beginner and experienced user. The Advanced workbook is for the dentist who wants to go beyond everyday use, such as archiving and condensing, journal entries, inventory solution, etc. Solutions original to the Primer are not contained in the Advanced workbook. Gunn Consulting continues to provide products for QuickBooks competency through workbooks, quick reference guides, convention workshops, ongoing nationwide technical support, and on-site consulting.

Order online at, or call (817) 994-3167.

ShouldersBack™ delivers relief to back sufferers

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Nothing improves moods more than the approach of longer days and warmer weather - unless you are tormented by back pain. ShouldersBack to the rescue. It is an affordable, vest-like device designed to gently coax and guide the shoulders back to a more upright position. ShouldersBack encourages muscle memory to take over. Just slipping it on and wearing it for comfortable intervals encourages proper spinal alignment and accompanying pain relief.

Made from breathable, washable fabric and adjustable Velcro® straps, ShouldersBack was developed by a team of orthopedists to safely encourage correct posture while remaining flexible and comfortable during everyday activities.

To order or to find out more, visit or call (800) 225-2610 ext. 128.

Floss without floss - with ShowerFloss

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Nonsurgical therapy includes irrigation as a critical part of patients’ home care. ShowerFloss’ plain-water irrigation is superior to many prescribed solutions. It dilutes and flushes highly toxic plaque in pockets where string floss is useless. Tissue trauma from string is eliminated. Gingival bleeding often stops in a matter of days. Convenient shower location is conducive to daily use, ensuring high compliance. It also is effective in cleaning implants, braces, bridgework, and for massaging gums. Children with braces will love using ShowerFloss. Unlike competitive products, once it is installed, further set-up or clean-up is not required. You control temperature and pressure.

Patented ShowerFloss is FDA accepted, and comes with a five-year warranty. For orders or information, call (800) 736-2300 or visit

New DEFEND® surgical aspirator tips

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Mydent International introduces its new DEFEND surgical aspirator tips. They are made of sturdy, durable plastic, and have smooth edges for greater patient comfort. The tips offer a 30-degree angle and fit an 11 mm suction holder. The convenient, single-use, disposable tips are available in white in 1/8” diameter, and in green in ¼” diameter. Packaged in bags of 25, the tips can be purchased through authorized dealers.

For more information, call (800) 275-0020, or visit

Tongue’n Cheek - eight times more absorbent than cotton rolls

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Tongue’n Cheek SuperAbsorbent pads contain a lock-away core that is eight times more absorbent than a cotton roll. No more wasted time switching out drenched, drippy cotton rolls. Tongue’n Cheek SuperAbsorbent pads don’t snag burs, and won’t stick to oral tissues. The pads are much softer and comfortable than hard, rigid cotton rolls. They are easier to place around bands, rings, and wedges, and also retract better than cotton rolls. Once it becomes wet, the pad starts to gel and expand unidirectionally so you can control where and how you want the retraction. They are available through leading dental distributors. For more information, call (888) TEETH-85 (833-8485).

New EverEdge™ Technology for scalers and curettes

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Hu-Friedy introduces EverEdge Technology scalers and curettes. Engineered with a revolutionary new stainless steel alloy, EverEdge scalers and curettes stay sharper longer - 50 percent longer! That means less time sharpening and less hand fatigue. The improved sharpness does not come from a superficial coating - the long-lasting wear is present throughout the entire instrument tip. Proprietary heat-treat and cryogenic processing ensures that the superior edge retention and wear characteristics of EverEdge Technology will last the entire life of the instrument.

The new instruments feature a finely honed finish to the instrument blade for super-sharp edges and efficient scaling. The exclusive new large-diameter handle with diamond knurling reduces hand fatigue. EverEdge Technology scalers and curettes are available in a wide variety of tip designs, and are included in the Hu-Friedy Perio Promotion that runs from April 1 to June 30:

Buy any 12 scalers/curettes, Get two scalers/curettes free.

For more information or to place an order, call Hu-Friedy at (800) HU-FRIEDY (483-7433).