Show your dentist some love! Even bad luck can be a bonding experience.

(Courtesy Instagram)

Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon showed the world with this Instagram photo Friday (above) that he’s a regular person like the rest of us. He tries to open stuff with his teeth, experiences consecutive misfortunes, and becomes the butt of jokes among his friends and loved ones.

His reaction should serve as an example – instead of wallowing in misery, what does he do? First, finds the humor in his situation, next, publicly gives props to his dentist.

You can’t tell me that somewhere, an oral health caregiver wasn’t screencapping Fallon’s “Thank you Dr. Jobe DDS!”  Friday and feeling sufficiently bonded with a patient.

Lessons learned: Misery doesn’t love company. Humor and gratitude go a long way.

¿Cómo se dice “healthy teeth”? Ask America’s ToothFairy.

Photo Courtesy America's ToothFairy Kids Club. Brady Reiter, star of the Tooth Fairy 2
As if the winged wonder of the dental world wasn’t already impressing us with her mad scheduling skills, America’s ToothFairy now prepares to enchant children with her bilingual abilities.
According to a recent article by DrBicuspid Staff:

America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health (NCOHF) has launched its El Club de los Niños, the Spanish-language version of its America’s ToothFairy Kids Club.

The NCOHF is partnering with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and other national and regional partners to expand access to care and education among at-risk, Spanish-speaking children and families.

The club welcomes individual children and groups of children through participating schools, community health clinics, after-school programs, and childcare centers to register for the club at

What can club members (children ages 3 to 12) anticipate? Monthly personalized letters from said tooth fairy, along with tips, activities, recipes, songs, and more to teach and reinforce positive oral health behaviors.

A monthly Parents Corner offers practical tips and strategies for caregivers to encourage healthy habits at home.

Always wanted to chat with the ToothFairy? For more information, call at 800-559-9838 or visit to learn more.

Dental training mannequins not for the faint of heart

Dental mannequin

By Alison Majikes / Special to

WARNING: this post may haunt your dreams.

If you’ve never been to dental school, you’ve probably wondered how up-and-coming dentists perfected their skills that make them the wonderful doctors they are today.

A plastic skull? A cadaver? A life-like model of real teeth? Live patients?

Well, if you thought it may be any of those options, you are sorely mistaken. In most cases it’s thanks to dental mannequins. Just in case you weren’t aware, dental mannequins are some of the most terrifying looking mannequins you will ever lay your eyes on.

Avert your pupils from this post if you suffer from automantonphobia (the fear of ventriloquist dummies, animatronic creatures, mannequins and wax statues). I couldn’t even look at them myself while I was writing this.

After looking through the photos on First To Know and Buzzfeed, I’m not sure if these mannequins are specifically made for dental students or they just recycle them after they’ve been used for the latest horror film.

Go ahead, take a look for yourself, but don’t say I didn’t warn you:

Clean teeth are always in season.

While Disney’s Frozen snowman Olaf figures out what’s to becomes of him “In Summer,” Crest and Oral-B aren’t taking any chances on children’s oral health care.

The two joined recently to present oral health care products for children 8 to 12 inspired  by the Disney blockbuster film.

Kristen Bell, who voices one of the lead roles, Princess Anna of Arendelle, unveiled Frozen character toothpaste and toothbrushes compatible with the Disney Magic Timer app.


Dr. Esther Wilkins, who authored the textbook for the profession of dental hygiene used around the world and translated into several languages, gets a nod in parody lyrics by Maria Vassallo, a member of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2015 at CUNY Hostos Community College in New York.

Meanwhile, another preventive care provider was inspired to share her mission with the help of the Disney blockbuster.  Maria Vassallo, a member of the Dental Hygiene Class of 2015 at CUNY Hostos Community College in New York, created a parody of Idina Menzel’s Frozen anthem “Let It Go,” to share with her fellow students at one of the Top 10 ranked schools for dental hygiene in the Empire state.

There’s no denying Vassallo’s got talent, and props to her for incorporating the phrase “microflora environment” in a lyrical format. View it here:


Remember the game ‘Operation’?


By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

If you’re thinking of the battery-operated game that tests players’ hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills by asking them to remove small body organs, it is one and the same.

Well, The Dental Trade Alliance, through their Foundation, is introducing a web-based woman, who doesn’t beep, but helps you learn why dental care is so important.

The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation has developed Operation: Whole Body Health.  Their “DTA Foundation” model features a graphic representation of the effects of poor oral health on your overall health, with the help of a model.

When visiting, click on the various body parts and it will tell you the effects oral health has on that body part.

A little preview:

  • The tooth represents cancer. Research has shown that men with gum disease have a higher likelihood of developing cancer.
  • The bandage symbol represents the lungs: bacteria in the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs, causing respiratory disease such as pneumonia.
  • The heart represents a heart, one which will be hurting if oral health is not a priority. Inflammation and infection caused by oral bacteria might be linked to heart disease.
  • The purple kidney bean represents themselves. One study shows that “people with severe periodontal disease developed chronic kidney disease at four times the rate as those without diseased gums.”

Visit Operation:Whole Body Health to view the other body parts.

According to the HuffPost Healthy Living,

Francesco D’Aiuto, senior lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, chatted with The Guardian about what he refers to as the the “mouth-body connection,” or the idea that a healthy body is strongly correlated with good dental hygiene.

“The mouth is not disconnected from the rest of the body,” he explained. “People should not underestimate what the body senses when the mouth is neglected.”

To view more of his thoughts of the connection between mouth and body, read: