Dr. Howard Farran keeps it simple.

Dr. Howard Farran straight-shooting style rarely misses its mark.
His latest offering presents in book form, entitled "Uncomplicate Business."

Anyone who follows this social media magnate’s running commentary knows two maxims to be true: Dr. Howard Farran is nothing, if not practical, and his straight-shooting style rarely misses its mark.

That his latest offering presents in book form, entitled “Uncomplicate Business,” means good news for dental professionals and other aspiring entrepreneurs who enjoy the written word.

As the founder and publisher of Dentaltown Magazine, Dr. Farran has grown his brand to more than 120,000 dentists strong in 43 countries and further built on its success by founding Hygienetown.com, Orthotown.com and the flagship site, Dentaltown.com where more than 140,000 registered dental professionals share information with each other on a daily basis.

So he knows a little something about business acumen.

In his book, Dr. Farran aims to share that mastery in a digestible format that demonstrates running a business isn’t all that complicated – if, you’re focusing on what he describes as the “right three areas”:
-People: maximizing the potential of employees, customers, and yourself.
-Time: mastering the efficiency that helps a business turn the biggest profit possible.
-Money: learning to love the numbers that function as the business’s scorecard.

Readers can expect simplicity, good humor, and plenty of stories.

Learn more at: http://www.howardfarran.com/product/uncomplicate-business/

Saturday surfing for new tools? Start here.


Inside Dental Technology’s Pam Johnson recently shared some web-based tools and apps to help small businesses compete with larger operations– without a major capital expenditure.

From DocuSign’s cloud-based service that securely automates and retains – you guessed it– signed documents, to Funding Gates’ ability to automatically sync daily with QuickBooks to track accounts receivables, Johnson discusses some intriguing high tech options.

And because you can use several of the offerings in your personal life, it’s a good excuse to spend some of your precious downtime investigating them.

Start with John’s column at: https://www.dentalaegis.com/idt/2015/05/Whats-Next

A touch of whimsy in Utah

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When not caring for patients at one of his Utah pediatric dental practices,  Dr. Jason Horgesheimer dedicates time to helping create atmospheres in which they feel comfortable during their treatment.

He recently worked in tandem with Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design team to construct a practice – South Davis Pediatric Dentistry in Bountiful, Utah — that offers unique touches to put them at ease and create a sense fun.

Vintage bicycles, three-dimenstional wall and ceiling art (a kite with tail), a calming color palette and whimsical finishing touches add to the effect. To (literally) bolster the classic cottage details design theme: custom beams.

“The beams you see in the waiting room and hallways are from www.fauxwoodbeams.com  They come prefinished in a wide variety of styles and wood species.  Or you could have them custom painted,” said CenterPoint Designer Megan Chuzas.  “It’s a very cost effective solution to using real wood beams.”

With beautifully pronounced grain pattern, deep grooves, prominent knots and more, the look and texture of heavy sandblasted beams will enhance any design. According to their creator, the faux wood beams, made from durable polyurethane, offer realism and strength without sacrificing quality. Their perfectly replication gives a highly realistic look while remaining lightweight. Unlike the real thing, this simulated wood beam will withstand warping, cracking, checking and pests while looking like new for years to come. Since they’re also weatherproof, that means you can easily use them outdoors as an exterior accent as well.

For more inspiring interiors, contact CenterPoint Design at 1.800.GO.BENCO or visit https://www.facebook.com/BencoDentalInsiteDesign

"The beams you see in the waiting room and hallways are from www.fauxwoodbeams.com  They come prefinished in a wide variety of styles and wood species.  Or you could have them custom painted," said CenterPoint Designer Megan Chuzas.

“The beams you see in the waiting room and hallways are from http://www.fauxwoodbeams.com They come prefinished in a wide variety of styles and wood species. Or you could have them custom painted,” said CenterPoint Designer Megan Chuzas.




First the FBI, now pediatric dentists

Frank W. Abignale, the conman turned fraud fighter, Leonardo Decaprio, who played Abignale in ‘Catch Me if You Can,’ and Tom Hanks, who portrayed an FBI agent who took Abignale to task.

Located next to the Space Needle at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass sparks wonder and inspiration for AAPD attendees and guests. http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/blog

Whether you’re part of the spectacular Seattle welcome session (Space Needle, EMP Museum and Chihuly Gardens) at the AAPD today, or you’re arriving at the Washington State Convention Center tomorrow for a Scientific Session, there’s a lecture Tom Hanks suggests you attend.

Keynote speaker Frank W. Abagnale, one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents, will take the stage May 22 at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry annual session.

“Abagnale’s lecture may be the best one-man show you will ever see,” says Hanks, who portrayed on film the head of the FBI investigative team that chases after a character inspired by Abagnale.

For over 36 years Abagnale has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies around the world. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 40 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. This was depicted most graphically in his best-selling book, “Catch Me If You Can,” a film of which was also made, directed by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The Tony-Award winning musical, “Catch Me if You Can,” directed by multiple award winner Jack O’ Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April 2011.

Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor, and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish, and US prison systems. After five years he was released on the condition that he would help the federal government, without remuneration, by teaching and assisting federal law enforcement agencies.


Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC): The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry strives to ensure every child has a dental home – a place where they can receive consistent, compassionate dental care.

Other AAPD highlights will include a three-day exhibit hall complete with Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Donor Lounge, where attendees can learn about Access to Care Grants and donate, and a booth with copies of the Coding Manual, the new pediatric dentistry handbook, according to a report by Dental Tribune.



Love to indulge with ice cream on a hot summer day?

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Is tooth sensitivity holding you back from eating the things you enjoy?

Crest’s breakthrough Sensi-Stop™ Strips, deliver tooth sensitivity relief. But you might want know why the sensitivity occurs in the first place.

Dr. Michael Sinkin says one of his most common complaints by patients is: “Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?”

Although cold sensitivity does not mean that the patient has a serious dental problem, the pain brought on by something cold can be shocking and severe.

Dr. Michael Sinkin, a member of the Board of Directors of N.Y.U. College of Dentistry Alumni Association,

Dr. Michael Sinkin, a member of the Board of Directors of N.Y.U. College of Dentistry Alumni Association, offers eight reasons why teeth may be sensitive to the cold.

Dr. Sinkin offers eight reasons why teeth may be sensitive to the cold:

  1. Plaque Build-Up and Gum Inflammation. Periodontal disease can be a cause of cold sensitivity whether in its earliest stages as Gingivitis, or more advanced. Build-up of bacterial plaque is also an irritant, which can lower the threshold at which pain is perceived.
  2. Gum Recession.  When your gums are not firmly attached to a tooth,  they can actually pull away from the tooth, exposing the root surface. Unlike the normally exposed part of your tooth, the root does not have enamel protection and therefore is more reactive to temperature, especially cold. Note: Aggressive brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush or excessive pressure when using an electric toothbrush can cause gum recession.
  3. Grinding And Clenching. Together, these can be a potentially destructive pattern of behavior in which tremendous forces are placed on your teeth. As your tooth wears down, the sensitive dentin can be exposed, creating temperature sensitivity.
  4. Cavities. Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons that you may have a tooth that is sensitive to cold (sensitivity is one of the earliest sign of a cavity!)
  5. Broken Teeth or Lost Fillings. This heightened sensitivity is because part of your tooth’s structure is exposed.
  6. Acidic Food and Beverage. Highly acidic substances can cause your teeth’s structure to break down. Acidic drinks are  can dissolve tooth structure,  the same way acids from bacterial plaque cause cavities.
  7. Recent Dental Treatment. The placement of large restorations, fillings or crowns can also provoke sensitivity.
  8. Acute Pulpitis. Acute pulpitis is an inflammation of the dental nerve. The symptoms of this condition are more severe than just slight cold sensitivity and the pain lingers even after the stimulus is removed.

Cold sensitivity many worsen over time and if anyone experiences this, they should consult their dentist.

To read more from Dr. Sinkin’s causes and solutions read: http://www.michaelsinkindds.com/blog/teeth-sensitive-to-cold-heres-why/

While Dr. Sinkin tries to ensure that ice cream and chilly confections always offer a pleasant eating experience, Dr. Marielaina Perrone in Henderson, Nevada, shares one cold

Marielaina Perrone DDS, who earned her Dental degree at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine,

Marielaina Perrone DDS, who earned her Dental degree at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, explains why chewing ice cubes harms your dental health.

substances you should avoid chewing: ice.

In her blog: http://drperrone.com/blog/, Dr. Perrone explains why chewing ice cubes harms your dental health.

According to Dr. Perrone, chewing ice causes:

1. Increased Pressure on Your Teeth. Our teeth are made up of an outer layer called enamel. This layer is extremely hard and not very flexible. Chewing on an ice cube can wear down the enamel over time or chip and fracture your teeth.

2. Constant Hot and Cold Change. These sudden and extreme changes in temperature can cause micro cracks in your enamel. Also, your tooth’s enamel expands at a different rate than fillings.  If you have a composite (white) filling, it will expand and contract much faster than the tooth when exposed to hot and cold temperatures.  This could possibly lead to a breakdown of the seal between the tooth and the dental restoration and may shorten the life of the restoration possibly leading to tooth decayroot canal therapy, or even tooth loss.

3. Breakage of Orthodontic Braces. Chewing ice cubes might break off an orthodontic bracket or move a wire. This can set back your orthodontic treatment until the issue is resolved by your orthodontist. It can also lead to oral trauma.

4. Oral Tissue Trauma. Ice chunks are hard and some can be pretty sharp.