by Larry Emmott on May 18, 2018

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A new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium, Salmonella are more likely to cause dangerous bloodstream infections rather than food poisoning has been developed. The tool,…greatly speeds up the process for identifying the genetic changes underlying new invasive types of Salmonella that are of public health concern.

Source: A new machine learning tool could flag dangerous bacteria before they cause an outbreak

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New Demo Video for Meeting Planners

by Larry Emmott on May 17, 2018

in Dental Speaker

Here is a five minute demo for meeting planners looking for a high tech dental speaker.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on May 16, 2018

in Dental Art

“Match Set”  Looks like wooden teeth and a burning match. ??? I don’t know either. I cannot read the signature.

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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When Impressions go Wrong

by Larry Emmott on May 15, 2018

in Theraputics

Consider the lowly impression and the number of times there is a chance for an impression to go wrong. That is for it to distort or in some other way betray us from the moment it is taken until the restoration is ready to deliver.

Each of these materials; the impression materials, the stone, the wax, the investment and finally the metal has some sort of setting and shape change with time, temperature and moisture. Then there could be mechanical distortion if the tray bends, the die is abraded, the material compresses or is pulled slightly from the tray. And of course there are bubbles, contamination and tears.

Any one of these errors, lurking like little gremlins, can easily go undetected for at least a portion of the restoration fabrication process. The result…remake.

When you take a digital impression you eliminate all of those chemical and mechanical gremlins. The result is better and more reliable restorations with almost no remakes. In fact a study from iTero shows a remake rate of 0.3%

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Can Blockchain Fix the Opioid Epidemic?

by Larry Emmott on May 15, 2018

in Future Tech,Security

From Bloomberg:

Digital currencies have been accused of worsening the opioid crisis because they make it easier to buy and sell drugs anonymously. Now Intel Corp. and the pharmaceutical industry are planning to fight fire with fire. The chipmaker, working with health companies, aims to use so-called blockchain technology — similar to the one that underpins the digital currency Bitcoin — to better trace drugs and potentially stem the epidemic.

Source: Can Blockchain Fix the Opioid Epidemic? Intel Wants to Find Out – Bloomberg

In theory it is not possible to alter or forge a blockchain. I admit I do not understand the technology but I can see how, in theory, a document that can be verified as absolutely 100% genuine would be valuable in many situations not just money and prescriptions.

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The Advantages of Digital Dental Treatment Notes

May 14, 2018

It is amazing how many dentists will spend enormous amounts of time every day writing, editing and reviewing poorly scribbled, hard to read handwritten notes but will not do a little planning and take a few hours to create digital notes so they never have to write in a chart again. Digital progress notes are: […]

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May 11, 2018
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“It Could be Millions”

May 10, 2018

Do you remember this TV commercial from a few years ago? The room is filled with bedraggled executives and managers. It is obvious they have been working for hours, the room is a mess, costs are off, ties are loosened and the conference table is overflowing with papers, files, binders and reports. They are looking […]

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Dentist Money Show

May 10, 2018

Dentist Money Show Podcast How do get the most from your technology investment? How much should you budget for technology?

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Dental Art

May 9, 2018

“Horror Dentist” Wow, just wow. The lighting and attention to detail is amazing. Sadly the theme of dentist as sadistic torturer is all too common. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me […]

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Dental Security Researcher, Justin Shafer, At The Center Of Emoji-Gate Heading Home After 8 Months in Jail, Feds Drop Five Felony Charges

May 8, 2018

From Techdirt: The security researcher who was at the center of an audacious and disturbing government demand to unmask several Twitter accounts on the basis of an apparently menacing smiley emoji contained in one of them is now facing zero prison time for his supposed harassment of an FBI agent. Justin Shafer, who was originally facing […]

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Dentrix Tip: Updating Patient Information While Scheduling an Appointment

May 8, 2018

While you are in the middle of scheduling a patient’s next appointment, he tells you that he has a new address. Did you know that you don’t have to close out of the Appointment Book (and lose the appointment information you’ve already entered) to edit his address information? Source: Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Updating Patient Information […]

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The Three Biggest Mistakes

May 8, 2018

The three biggest mistakes dentists make when attempting to use technology are: Failing to know what is possible and developing a high tech vision or plan. Not getting enough training including ongoing training. Continuing to do things the old way instead of using technology to do things differently.

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Paperless Charts, a process not an event.

May 7, 2018

Going paperless is a process not an event. At first you will need the paper charts on many of your patients as you will be referring to the previous paper entries. As time goes on you will need to refer less and less to the old paper records. After a year all the current x-rays […]

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Study: Online reviews of plastic surgeons

May 7, 2018

From UPI.com: The actual headline used for the article was, Online reviews of plastic surgeons are unreliable. I lopped of the unreliable part because if you read the article the authors do not really make the case that reviews are unreliable. They just state that reviewers take things like customer service into account rather than pure […]

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May 4, 2018
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Facebook reveals long-secret rules it has used to police its site

May 3, 2018

Facebook on Tuesday released a rule book for the types of posts it allows on its social network, giving far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech and inciting violence. Source: Facebook reveals long-secret rules it has used to police […]

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Just a Few of the Amazing Things AI Is Doing in Healthcare

May 3, 2018

From Singularity Hub: Among the examples cited in his interview, Jacobstein referenced a 2017 breakthrough at Stanford University where an AI system was used for skin cancer identification. To train the system, the team showed a convolutional neural network images of 129,000 skin lesions. The system was able to differentiate between images displaying malignant melanomas and […]

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Dental Art

May 2, 2018

“Peacock Palate” Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks. Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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