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You can expect to find new information added to THE DENTAL ADVISOR Online every week. As soon as clinical evaluations of products are completed, the articles are published online, often several months before the articles are scheduled for publication in the paper version of THE DENTAL ADVISOR. Information on new products is added to the Product Comparison tables on a regular basis as well. New issues of THE DENTAL ADVISOR can be found online in January/February, March, April, May, June, July/August, September, October, November, and December.
As illustrated by a bell curve, most products score a 4+ or 4½+ rating because there are always more 4+ ratings than 3+ or 5+ ratings. Manufacturers work very hard to prepare a product for market, which helps ensure that their products meet or exceed our performance expectations. It is because of this effort that most products will receive ratings of 4+ or 4½+.
Yes, but we rarely publish these results. Rather, we return the product report to the manufacturer with a detailed list of recommended improvements. Very often, the manufacturer improves the product and has it re-evaluated, resulting in a rating of 4+ or above.
No, the results of about 10% of the products we evaluate are not published. Reports are returned to the manufacturer with recommendations for product improvements. Very often, the manufacturer improves the product and has it re-evaluated, resulting in an improved rating.
Less than 10% of the products we evaluate receive our highest rating.
No, the cost of a product is not included in the calculation of the rating. The cost is provided as a convenience to our readers. We report the manufacturer's suggested retail price.
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