Best of Class for 2011

dentalrat-best-productWe were just honored with the recognition from the Pride Institute for Best of Class for 2011!! When Dr Lou Shuman- president of the Pride Institute called to let me know I was so surprised! We got to be on the cover of Dental Product Reports and there will be a large booth at the ADA Technology Expo that we get to be a part of. This will allow offices to have a hands on section at the ADA- Wow! What an honor and I’m sooo excited!

There were several products honored with this award, each in their own technology class. He mentioned that these companies all were ahead of the game and have an impact on industry and leaders in the industry. Here I’ve listed a few…Gendex GSX-700, F-Secure, Acteon Soprolife, Sesame Communications, Cadent iTero, LED Dental Velscope Vx, Air Techniques Spectra, Sirona Cerec with Blue Cam, Lares Lightwalker, Dentsply professional NUPRO, Carestream Dental Kodak, Curve imaging software, Kerr SonicFill, Somnomed Matrx, Orascoptic Freedom. Congrats to all in their own class! As Dr Lou Shuman says, “The process is strictly unbiased and non-profit provided by the leadership in technology. The dental community can rely on these selections with complete confidence.”

I’m honored to be among this group!!

What Does Our Name Mean?

So I get this a lot since the Dental R.A.T. is an odd name. When I first was inventing the foot mouse and thinking of a name we thought of a lot (Rugrat, dental mouse, perio mouse, perio pedal) but basically the foot pedal was a foot mouse with numbers. So what do you call a large foot mouse? Ok a large mouse? A rat! And it just felt right to call it a Dental rat! Then we thought the acronym of Dental R.A.T. was fun, so it stands for Remote Access Terminal. Believe me, we have gotten a lot of flak over the name, several people have told us it was a horrible name. I even had a cute logo with a cute rat dentist running a computer with his feet, but marketing agencies told me to get rid of the rodent. Nobodies afraid of the computer mouse and we don't think of it as dirty and yucky, so why is a foot mouse called a Dental R.A.T. a bad thing? I don't know, anyway, the more we tossed it around we did change the logo but kept the name because we have learned that its easy to remember and people can see it just once and it sticks. Once we explain that it’s a big foot operated mouse and that’s why we call it a Dental R.A.T., they get that we have a sense of humor and they like it. And whats funny is several offices have named their Dental R.A.T.s- Viola (for violet color) or Blackie, they don't have to call it a RAT in the office if they don't want to.

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Upcoming Dental Conferences

We are excited to be involved in a bunch of great dental conferences this summer! We start out in Florida next week in Patti DiGangi and Judy Bendit’s Hygiene Mastery program and then go to the Pacific NW meeting in Seattle then ADHA in LasVegas and then UOR back in Florida in August! These dental conventions are always such a great opportunity for the office staff to get caught up on all the new products and of course their CE’s, but its especially nice for us when we can show hands on how the Dental R.A.T. actually works! It helps so much when the hygienists can actually touch and feel and see how easy it is to use! Once they see that its a foot operated mouse and has all the same capabilities the light comes on. So if you are at any of these definitely come say hi!!!! Dental R.A.T. will be sharing booth space with MirrorGear and BlueBoa- two more hygienists that have invented money saving, useful products that are made right here in the good ol USA!! Hope to see you!

Advances in Perio Charting

We just got back from the Greater New York dental conference and I was reminded that I hadn’t updated my blog. It was a very busy meeting, they said there were 59,000 dentists there, plus staff, wow!! It was so nice to see so many software companies that have finally got perio charting in their practice management software suites. The major practice management software companies have had perio charting included but it had amazed me how many didn’t have any perio modules. Those that already have perio charting like Dentrix, EagleSoft, SoftDent, PracticeWorks, Panda Perio etc, the Dental R.A.T. just plugs in and runs. I was so excited that Easy Dental finally got their perio chart and the Dental R.A.T. runs it perfectly too. There are several that have or currently are upgrading their perio modules to run easier with the Dental R.A.T.; like XLDent, MacPractice and The Complete Exam. Its just so nice to have others concentrating on helping us hygienists perio chart easier!

We aren’t left alone to fend for ourselves.

I saw there is now even a perio probe that has a light so its easier for us to see the readings!! How nice! With all the advances in perio charting there is no excuse not doing it and it comes back to us in the long run because it all helps the patient understand their conditions and then they accept our proposed perio treatment.

Help with Periodontal Charting

One of the biggest complaints we hear from hygienists is that they can’t get anyone in to help perio chart. I’m amazed at every meeting we go to how many hygienists aren’t able to update their periodontal chart because none can come in and help, so it slips by. The hygienists know it is the biggest lawsuit and that is what is so frustrating, it needs to get done!

We hear some of the funniest stories that take even more time for the hygienist. They will record the periodontal readings into a tape recorder and then at the end of the day stay for an extra hour to enter the data into the perio chart! Some have even gone so far as having the patients friend or anyone that is available in the waiting room come in and enter the periodontal readings, HIPAA doesn’t like that route.That is why we created the Dental R.A.T., to help the hygienists!

We are so excited that the hygienists are really liking it and finding it so handy to help them periodontal charting! Some are even nicknaming their Dental R.A.T.’s (Violet or Blackie).

And now it is finally available thru Patterson Dental and Henry Schein! And definitely check out our calendar and come see us at a dental conference!!

We now have Stand Alone Perio Charting Software!!!

When we were at the Greater NY Dental meeting we ran into so many offices that didn’t have any perio charting software and wanted to use the Dental R.A.T., so we decided we wanted to offer stand alone perio charting software for those offices!! So we now have stand alone perio charting software- OPChart!! We will be demonstrating it at the Yankee meeting and will soon have a demo on our website. It has a 30 day trial, and its great! It has nice easy buttons for marking bleeding and supporation and everything can be completed in a single pass, recession and pockets! It has great graphics to print for patient education; and, it bridges with any software or is stand alone! Plus, it’s not expensive! Only $1195!

So for those offices that don’t have their own software yet- we got you covered!