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Forum displays dental loupes

Orlando, Fla.—The ADA Professional Product Review held its 6th Product Forum Oct. 9-11 at annual session.

Dr. Sharat Shetty tries out a set of dental loupes
Testing: Dr. Sharat Shetty, a dentist from Mumbai, India, tries out a set of dental loupes on a manikin in Orlando. The Professional Product Review Forum gave attendees an opportunity to earn CE credits. Photo by EZ Event Photography.

The forum gave participants a chance to try out the different types of dental loupes—telescopes or surgical magnification devices—and learn how they can help improve vision and posture for dentists and hygienists. There was also a video on loupes that enabled attendees to earn continuing education credit.

Lt. Anabel Natali, a general dentist from Portsmouth, Va., said she was passing by the forum and decided to check it out.

"I want to be an educated consumer," said Lt. Natali, who has practiced for five years at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth. "I have a pair of loupes from school but the working distance was not right because the layout was different back in the operatory."

ADA President Raymond Gist watches as Lt. Anabel Natali learns about dental loupes
Products: ADA President Raymond Gist watches as Lt. Anabel Natali learns about dental loupes during the Professional Product Review Forum at the 2010 annual session in Orlando. At right is Nik Njegovan, a research engineer in the ADA Laboratory. Photo by EZ Event Photography.
Some 160 dentists watched the video and then visited the forum's two demonstration stations. The forum also covered important elements, such as magnification, working distance, angle of the telescopes, various types of headlights and weight considerations, all of which can help dentists when making a purchase.

"I'm not ready to change yet, but mine are very heavy. This was so helpful," Lt. Natali said of the product forum.

The Review's winter issue—which mails with the January issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association—includes more on dental loupes for those who couldn't attend the forum, along with the second feature on dental therapeutics and the ADA Laboratory’s evaluations of temporary cement and bridge and crown materials.

Since its debut in 2006, the ADA Professional Product Review has been a triumph for the ADA Division of Science and Council on Scientific Affairs, which publishes the publication.

Past product forums, which began in 2005, have offered hands-on evaluations of CAD/CAM systems, air and electric handpieces, curing lights, intraoral cameras and digital shade-matching devices.

For more information about The Review, visit www.ada.org/ppr.

Products: ADA President Raymond Gist watches as Lt. Anabel Natali learns about dental loupes during the Professional Product Review Forum at the 2010 annual session in Orlando.