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Assistants Product News

Jan. 1, 2003

MaxVac™ Plus now available

Microbrush® Corp. introduces the new MaxVac™ Plus, high-volume evacuator (HVE) tip. The HVE tips are available in five distinctive colors — blue, green, yellow, purple, and pink. The proprietary vented/non-vented design with soft edges reduces suction of soft tissue and provides greater patient comfort.

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For a limited time! A unique MaxiBend™ bending instrument will be included for free with every box (a $8.95 value). Each box will include 1,000 MaxVac Plus HVE tips in five assorted colors (200 tips/color).

For more information,call (866) 866-8698, email at [email protected], or visit

New gloves eliminate powder worries

Dental professionals who prefer to avoid natural-rubber latex exam gloves will welcome yet another new choice from the glove experts at SmartPractice®.

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Flextec™ powder-free, non-latex exam gloves offer wearers a new alternative to traditional powdered latex exam gloves. The glove's completely synthetic material is virtually free of powder, latex processing chemicals, and natural rubber latex. Wearers will appreciate the surface of this new glove which is soft and velvety to the touch while combining comfort, excellent barrier protection, and superb tactility.

The unique PVC formulation of Flextec renders the glove material resistant to decomposition by oxidative hazards such as ozone and ultraviolet light. These qualities serve to make the material an excellent defense against bacterial and viral penetration.

Flextec gloves also feature beaded cuffs to help avoid unexpected "roll-downs," are medical-grade, in sizes X-Small to Large, and available in an extra-long, 11-inch cuff.

For more information on product selection and introductory pricing, call (800) 522-0595, Ext. 555.

Soft-Ease flavored X-ray pockets

Soft-Ease X-ray film foam pockets are flavored to enhance patient comfort by diverting patient gagging response as well as by cushioning tori projections, irregular mouth shapes, and mouth sores. They hold and help protect the X-ray film, creating better diagnostic quality, yet the film can slip easily in and out of the pocket.

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Use of the durable pockets is economical — one pocket can be used for an entire FMX. They can be used easily with X-ray holders such as bite wing tabs, Rinn holders, Snap-a-Ray, etc.

Soft-Ease are available in adult and pedo size, and different flavors — vanilla, bubblegum, wintergreen, and raspberry. Samples are available. Call K-Stat Lab at (702) 262-1044.

Oral-B makes brushing fun

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Oral-B Laboratories introduces the Oral-B® Kids' battery toothbrush, the first battery-powered toothbrush specifically developed to meet the changing oral care needs of children ages 3 and up. Featuring an oscillating brushing action that cleans better than a manual toothbrush, it combines the proven advantages of power brushing with the fun of bright colors and beloved Disney characters. A choice of brushhead designs features either Buzz Lightyear of Disney/Pixar's Toy Story, or the Disney Princesses. The unit features a small brushhead to accommodate the smaller mouths, jaws, and teeth of younger children. Extra-soft "flowered" bristles are gentle on children's teeth and gums and a raised center row of Indicator® bristles thoroughly clean chewing surfaces — a problem area for many children. Oral-B's patented Indicator bristles fade halfway with use to let parents know when the brushhead needs to be replaced. The Oral-B Kid's battery toothbrush is now available to professionals for $8.95.

For more information, call (800) 446-7252.

Scented toasty bears relax your patients

Designed to calm patients before and after treatment, the 15-inch Toasty Bear is covered in soft plush and filled with flax seed and a nine-herb aroma blend. Available colors are blue, blond, mocha, and vanilla, as well as a blue rabbit. All may be heated in the microwave, are suitable for patients aged 3 and older, and may be easily cleaned and dried.

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The newest additions to this wonderful family include a 15-inch cinnamon-scented bear, a 15-inch lavender-scented "angel" bear, an 8-inch coffee-scented bear, and an 8-inch lavender-scented bear. (Please do not microwave 8-inch bears.) They all fill the air with their wonderful fragrance, and also make great gifts.

The 15-inch bears are priced at $38.95, plus S&H of $8 on the first bear, and $2 for each additional; the 8-inch bears are $11.95, plus S&H of $2 for first bear and $1 each additional. California residents add 8.25% tax.

Send check or money order to RDH Productions, P.O. Box 1693, Morgan Hill, CA 95038; or pay through PayPal to [email protected].

Hu-Friedy announces "Five Star" promo

Hu-Friedy's "Five Star" promotion runs from January 1 through April 30.

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The promotion is available through all authorized Hu-Friedy dealers. Featured products are diagnostic instruments including dressing pliers, explorers, probes, Expros, mirrors, and mirror handles; restorative and endodontic instruments including burnishers, pluggers, amalgam carriers, excavators, hatchets, chisels, angle formers, hoes, spatulas, gingival cord packers, articulating paper forceps, carving knives, gingival retractors, carvers, rubber dam products, etc.

This promotion also features the new Satin Steel XTS explorers, made from Duraspond™ to be flexible and resilient. The black aluminum titanium nitride (AlTiN) coating offers enhanced contrast between the instrument and tooth structure. The non-stick coating is perfect for carving anatomy in composite restorations. These explorers are available with the Satin Steel handle.

Buy any five instruments and get one instrument free! Receive a free sample pack of Enzymax® ultrasonic detergent with instrument(s).

For more information, call your authorized Hu-Friedy dealer or (800) 483-7433.

Free samples of Kodak SureSoft packets

Dentists who are interested in trying Kodak's innovative SureSoft packets can now receive and sample the product in free trial packs.

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SureSoft packets feature a soft, cushioned edge that feels more comfortable in patients' mouths. The new sample size includes six SureSoft packets featuring Kodak InSight intraoral dental film, enabling clinicians to realize up to 60 percent less radiation exposure time than D-speed film along with improved patient comfort.

For more information about SureSoft packets, or to order a SureSoft packet sample pack, call (800) 933-8031 or visit

Banta TIDI® printed tray covers

While performing routine patient exams and cleanings, record all caries, cracked teeth, periodontal problems, sensitive areas, and other concerns directly on the improved tray cover. Don't trust problem areas to memory!

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These tray covers improve communications between the assistant, doctor, hygienist, and patient. Your patient will better understand the problems by discussing the illustrations and notes. The practice will increase production, and OSHA guidelines will be met. There is no need to risk cross-contamination by touching the patient's permanent record until after the exam has been completed; just transcribe the information already on the tray cover.

Order tray covers through your dealer. For more information and sizing options, call (800) 215-5464, Ext. 4331, or visit

Turn electric brush into power whitener

In one year, power toothbrushes have boosted toothbrush sales by 25 percent. As a response to this increased demand, Rembrandt Oral Care Products introduces Rembrandt Power Brush Whitening Gel™, the first toothpaste to turn electric toothbrushes into power whitening brushes. It is specially formulated for electric toothbrushes, and developed to maximize the appliance's efficiency.

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Designed to address the unique needs of electric toothbrushes, the gel will not slip from the moving head. Its staying-power enhances the superior whitening and oral hygiene benefits provide by electric toothbrushes. Power Brush's dental peroxide removes stain and plaque, whitening the actual color of the tooth, while its fluoride fights cavities and gum disease.

Safe and great-tasting, Power Brush Whitening Gel is available in a 2.6-oz. tube at a suggested retail price of $6.99 at drug and mass merchandisers, and at For more information, call (800) 548-3663 or visit

Next® prophy paste introduces variety packs

Preventech has introduced a Next® prophy paste kid's variety pack and adult variety pack — an easier, more economical way for dental offices to offer their patients greater flavor selection.

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The Next kid's variety pack features tasty Bubble Gum and Cherry for younger patients, and Mint — popular with all patients. The adult variety pack offers the new Cinnamon, Mint, and Chocolate Mint, for adults with a sweet tooth. Both prophy paste variety packs are available in medium and coarse grit in boxes of 200-unit dose cups. The price is the identical to a single flavor box of 200.

Next prophy paste features a non-splatter, flash rinse formula and provides the user with smooth handling characteristics and excellent stain removal.

Preventech is also the maker of Pivot® disposable prophy angle, and the innovative new esa™ (extended straight attachment) disposable prophy angle, America's fastest growing brands of disposable angles.

For more information, call (800) 474-8681 or visit

On-Hold advertising really works!

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Your patients and potential patients want to know about you and your services — not hear silence or a radio. On-Hold programs are produced to sound positive and educational. Communication Productions, Inc., also does dental Web sites that work hand-in-hand with On-Hold advertising in promoting your practice. In addition, the company produces custom CDs for all types of practices and specialties, producing eight to 10 custom advertisements on one CD. No fancy or expensive equipment is needed, and there are no monthly fees.

For more information, call (800) 596-1999 or visit

New Abreva® cold sore medication

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Abreva® cold sore medication is formulated to minimize healing time and the duration of symptoms, such as tingling, pain, itching, and burning. Described as especially effective when applied at the first sign of a cold sore, the over-the-counter cream dries clear and contains 10 percent docosanol, a medicine that is said to protect healthy cells to minimize the spread of infection. The medication has no taste or odor.

For more information, call GlaxoSmithKline at (866) 835-1680 or visit

Cybersonic2® cuts brushing time in half

The new and improved Cybersonic2® by Amden just may be the next best thing to having a dental office in the home. This new system makes it possible to thoroughly and effectively clean teeth in just 60 seconds, down from the commonly recommended two minutes.

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Amden's Cybersonic2 offers seven key improvements over its first Cybersonic system, including faster brushing action with revolutionary Cyberspring™ spring-action bristles that deep clean at a groundbreaking 41,000 strokes per minute. The new system also features pre-strung flosser attachments that are easy to use, a sonic tongue cleaner to curb bad breath, and a new ergonomic and translucent handle that is easier to grip. All this for a suggested retail price of $129. In addition, Cybersonic2 features a charging light and has a built-in "Done in One" one-minute timer with a gentle pause after sixty seconds of use.

Amden products are available at Walgreens, Eckerd, Target, Sears, Linens and Things, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, May Department Stores, and Rich's.

For more information, call (800) 774-7525