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March 1, 2005

Improved instrument sharpening machine

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Nordent Manufacturing Co. introduces the second generation of its InstRenew® Sharpening System. The new InstRenew2 features an improved mechanism for clamping the tip of any scaler or curette in the market. Based on the premise that all scalers and curettes have a common 75° angle between the blade face and lateral surface, the InstRenew2 eliminates any guesswork found in other sharpening systems by accurately positioning and sharpening all instruments to this exact angle.

InstRenew2 enables any dental staff member to keep scalers and curettes at their sharpest condition. Like the original InstRenew, the InstRenew2 operates with three easy steps. Nordent also has made available a retrofit kit to provide these improvements to existing InstRenew users.

For more information, call (847) 437-4780 or e-mail [email protected].

New Colgate® 360° toothbrush

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Colgate-Palmolive introduces its new Colgate 360° toothbrush, the only toothbrush with a built-in tongue cleaner clinically proven to remove more plaque and odor-causing bacteria. It features a soft-textured tongue cleaner on the back of the brush head that safely and gently breaks through the biofilm, removing more plaque and up to 96 percent more bacteria than the leading manual toothbrush and reducing oral malodor by more than three times.

It has a special bristle configuration that reduces up to 40 percent more interproximal plaque and reduces up to 72 percent more gingival bleeding. Tightly packed, pointed bristles clean deep between teeth and along the gumline, and its soft polishing cups help to gently remove stains. Its raised cleaning tip provides better access to hard-to-reach posterior areas.

To order or ask about trial pricing, call Sullivan-Schein at (800) 372-4346.

CozyHold offers versatile pain relief

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CozyHold is a new postoperative product. It’s a cold/hot gel pack holder that provides a custom fit around the face, providing pain relief after oral surgery, perio surgery, or for TMD discomfort.

Clinicians can sell, give, or recommend CozyHold to patients. Hands-free CozyHold is made from neoprene, has two holders for the gel packs, and is secured under the chin and on top of the head for maximum comfort and adjustability. It is reusable and washable, and is made to fit any part of the body - works great on knee, back, shoulder, neck, wrist, etc.

Special introductory price is $17.50. Call RAMAR Industries LLC at (800) 559-2699, e-mail customerservice, 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 1/4” diameter. Packaged in bags of 25, the tips can be purchased through authorized dealers.

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

Efficient, fun, and portable new oral care kits

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Plak Smacker introduces a unique children’s care kit providing children with everything they need to maintain ideal oral care. Packaged in a plastic zippered bag, the kit contains a children’s suction-cup brush, a character toothbrush cover, a travel tube of toothpaste, a sparkle two-minute timer, waxed floss, and disclosing tablets.

Plak Smacker’s new orthodontic zip kit features supplies to help orthodontic patients maintain a healthy looking smile. The pouch includes mint relief wax, dental floss, and the new rubber-grip, V-trim, dual-head toothbrush. Available in four assorted colors, each kit can be customized specifically for your practice, serving as a valuable marketing tool. Equipped with business card pouches, both kits are an ideal way to market your practice and provide patients with a convenient, comprehensive oral care package.

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

New “Un-Advertising” practice-building system

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Doctor Relations, Inc., a practice-building firm based in Chatsworth, Calif., releases a new system for developing and harvesting new-patient leads and referrals. Un-Advertising™ gives dentists a proven method to actively pursue referrals from professionals, patients, and the community using a low-profile but effective public relations-based program. The Un-Advertising system bypasses traditional advertising approaches for new patients, and eliminates the uncomfortable stigma of traditional hard-sell referral-building methods. The system integrates a more dentist-comfortable method for acquiring professional and patient referrals.

For more information, call Helmut Flasch, CEO, Doctor Relations, Inc. at (800) 625-2002, e-mail [email protected], or visit

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

Free audio CD - “High Tech/High Touch: Made Simple”

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CareCredit® is offering a new educational audio compact disc titled, “High Tech/High Touch: Made Simple” featuring Dr. Larry Emmott. In addition to being a practicing dentist in Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. Larry Emmott is considered the leading dental technology authority in the country. As a popular, respected speaker, he has addressed hundreds of professional groups and has been featured at ADA Technology Day both as a keynote and wrap-up speaker. He also is a technology columnist, produces a monthly newsletter titled Emmott on Technology, and hosts the popular “Technology On The Rocks” seminar.

In the new audio CD, Dr. Emmott unravels the mystery of creating a practice that utilizes technology to drive efficiency and greater communication for the practice team while creating a high-touch, personal experience for patients. He details how to build the right foundation for computer integration, reviews software needs and options, and illustrates how to achieve a “paperless” office environment. Dr. Emmott also explains how the investment in computer integration not only provides a healthy monetary return on investment, but also allows the staff to save time, increase efficiency, and refocus their energy on their patients.

For more details or to request a free CD, call (800) 300-3046 ext. 4519.

Chairside X-ray film processor from Kodak

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A new chairside film processor from Kodak provides a convenient, cost-effective alternative to darkrooms. It features a small footprint and ergonomic design, and needs no electrical source or plumbing connection. A portable unit, it is especially ideal for practices such as mobile dental clinics and veterinary services. Chairside processors also can serve as back-up systems for practices that use digital radiography as their primary diagnostic imaging technology.

The unit accommodates size 0-4 dental films. The interior design is intuitive and easy to use, and the seals for the hand holes are comfortable and effective. A free sample pack of KODAK INSIGHT Intraoral Dental Film and KODAK Rapid Access Chemicals are included with each processor purchase.

For more information, call (800) 933-8031, visit or call your regional KODAK products representative.

Henry Schein pre-bent needle tips

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Sullivan-Schein introduces the Henry Schein brand of pre-bent multipurpose dispensing tips. The bendable needle tips have a Luer-lock design, and allow easy access for material placement including cavity liners, composites, cements, sealants, and etchants. Each color-coded, universal tip is available in 18- to 25-gauge sizes. They are available in 20 and 100 unit quantities. For more information, call (800) 372-4346 or visit

Henry Schein Benzo-Jel™ now available in seven flavors

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Henry Schein Benzo-Jel, a 20% benzocaine gel, is a fast-acting topical anesthetic for temporary pain relief during local anesthetic injections, periodontal curettage, impression-taking, and other procedures. It prevents excessive salivation and leaves no bitter aftertaste. The one-ounce jars are available in seven flavors including new raspberry, banana, cherry, mint bubble gum, pina colada, and strawberry.

For more information call (800) 372-4346 or visit