Flashback Friday: Rolling out the Floss

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Denture-shaped ice cubes are sure to earn a grin or a gag at your next soiree.

Thedailyfloss.com started out with a laugh. Unless you take denture-shaped ice cubes seriously. What better way to introduce you to TheDailyFloss.com than with a guide to holiday gift-giving – all things dental of course?

If a dentist occupies a special place in your heart, if you’re a practical practitioner sending Santa a tip list or if you’ve been searching for that snappy denture bracelet for years, you might want to flash back to 14 days of unique shopping options, beginning with Our Gift to You: http://thedailyfloss.com/2013/12/19/our-gift-to-you/

vintage adIf you’re a fan of #tbt (throwbackThursday), then a #tpt (toothpasteTuesday) nod to vintage preventive care option might be of interest.  What was exciting 30 years ago? According to this retro ad, Aqua-fresh‘s triple protection formula inspired wide-eyed anticipation. Here’s a flashback to some of your favorite toothpaste commercials from the 1980s.

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TheDailyFloss.com sought to offer more than just laughs.  On the short list: updates on industry offerings (CAD/CAM much?), dental meetings across the globe (isn’t it time for Midwinter madness yet?) and practitioners, manufacturers and distributors at work, play and at their best – volunteering and donating to the greater good.

This set of blue wax teeth, created by students as part of their graduation requirements, can be found at the Historical Dental Museum at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

This set of blue wax teeth, created by students as part of their graduation requirements, can be found at the Historical Dental Museum at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

Noteworthy news bites (Massachusetts Dental Society’s 150th anniversary), ways to wile away winter weekends (At dental museums, where else?), exclusive exposes (Infection control at its worst) — we included those.

And thanks to a number of dental publications and bloggers hard at work all year, as well, (Dentaltown, DrBicuspid.com, Incisal Edge, ADA News, First Impressions, IDT, to name just a few) we offered links to breaking news, scientific breakthroughs and

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Incisal Edge magazine conducted a nationwide survey of dentists, then had the results analyzed by a renowned White House pollster and compiled them in an array of infographics so beautiful they are sure to make readers happy. (Incisal Edge Design, Donna Shrader)

insightful surveys (Dentists are really, really happy. Take that, clowns.)

TheDailyFloss is proud to bring you dental-inspired poetry (we’re secretly rhyming rappers here at TheDailyFloss.)

We’ve even visited high-fashion photo shoots (with 40 of America’s best young dentists) to deliver you behind-the-scenes coverage: 2014 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 Photo Shoot in Greenwich Village, NYC

And our contributing bloggers tackled every topic from:

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Daniel Shimansky, a 2nd year dental student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, hails from Boca Raton, Florida.

* today’s dental education (Meet Daniel Shimansky, a student at The University of Pennsylvania),

* practice management (Thanks to guru Lisa Philp, president of Transitions ),

* yoganomics (Take time to stretch, say team members at Dental Enhancements),

* history (Oh, the things you can learn from Benco Dental’s Chairman, Chief Customer Advocate and collector of vintage dental equipment Larry Cohen)

* success stories (Be inspired by dental practices across the U.S. with Benco Dental Managing Director Chuck Cohen) and more thanks to new guest bloggers thedailyfloss.com welcomes every day (contact MolarMuse if you’d like to contribute at kceruti@benco.com).

Thanks to loyal readers who’ve been with us since day one, and new commenters who join every day. With you in mind, thedailyfloss.com aims to continue delivering an amalgamation of what’s new on the dental scene.

TheDailyFloss.com…. Make it part of your routine. Follow us here every day and on Twitter @The_Daily_Floss

 

A match made in … Germany.

Main station, Cologne, Germany (courtesy IDS 2015)

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a dental match?

The Old Town of Cologne with the church "Groß St. Martin"

The Old Town of Cologne with the church “Groß St. Martin”

Digital innovation inspires a unique service of the 2015 International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, taking place March 10 to 14. BusinessMatchmaking365, a communication and business platform (available January 1) will allow exhibitor and visitors to contact each other directly to request and schedule meetings.

In her December column, Inside Dental Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Pam Johnson @InDentalTech  mentions this among the unique offerings at one of the largest dental trade shows in the world.

“The innovations on display by the 2,000+ exhibiting manufacturers are the culmination of years of research and development by forward-thinking scientists,” stated Johnson. She mentions the free downloadable app for smartphones that will provide a navigation system for the “labyrinth of exhibits.”

Read more from Johnson at: http://www.dentalaegis.com/idt/2014/12/Coming-Soon-IDS-2015

Register for the IDS at: http://english.ids-cologne.de/ids/for-visitors/Eintrittskarte/index.php

Caption: Shown at top, Main station in Cologne, Germany.

Holiday parties hang on

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(Photo Courtesy Pete G. Wilcox | Times Leader) 

In its 2014 survey of a cross section of 114 companies, Battalia Winston — the nation’s largest executive search firm, headquartered in New York City — found 88 percent of companies will hold an employee party this season.

That is down just 8 percent from 2013. The report noted the decrease could be related to an increase of employees working remotely, making an organized holiday party unfeasible.

Enjoying some holiday cheer, Benco Dental employees, Marcy Petrucci of West Wyoming, Mario and Debbie Giovanelli of Plains Township and Bill Petrucci of West Wyoming socialize during the company's annual Holiday Party held in the Westmoreland Club. (Photo courtesy Pete G. Wilcox | Times Leader)

Enjoying some holiday cheer, Benco Dental employees, Marcy Petrucci of West Wyoming, Mario and Debbie Giovanelli of Plains Township and Bill Petrucci of West Wyoming socialize during the company’s annual Holiday Party held in the Westmoreland Club. (Photo courtesy Pete G. Wilcox | Times Leader)

A story in TimesLeader.com, reported that while some companies have scaled back, year-end gatherings are still popular. Benco Dental, the fastest growing dental distribution company in the U.S. was among those still hosting a holiday event for its associates.

During Benco Dental’s Holiday Party, held last weekend in the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre, Michelle Waschek, coordinator of culture and events with Benco Dental, told the Times Leader that Benco Dental has always held a holiday party for employees and this year’s was highly attended by employees, spouses and guests.

“We had 30 more people in attendance this year,” Waschek said. “Making a total of 245 people.”

New this year, members of the KISS Theater group performed at the introduction of the party.

One of the reasons for seeing the company holiday party hold strong is because employers are trying to convey to their staff they care about them, despite layoffs and cutbacks, John Mellon, assistant business professor at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

Read the full story at: http://www.timesleader.com/news/business/50814467/Holiday-parties-hang-on

Do dental patients need to be nurtured?

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Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in
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Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

The Pantone® Color of the Year might get the job done, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

She discusses how marsala can fulfill people’s need for nurturing and provide a grounding influence in an interview with David Shah, Editorial Director at Pantoneview.com: http://www.pantoneview.com/en/pantone-color-of-the-year-2015

Seeking welcoming elegance at your dental practice?

Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global color authority, on December 4, announced PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015.

Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth,  said Eiseman.

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Feeling colorful? On design-seeds.com, palettes of complementary shades can help you assemble a vision board for your upcoming dental practice design.

The team at Pantone noted that in terms of interior spaces, the rich and welcoming hue adds elegance when incorporated in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture. Complex and full-bodied without overpowering, Marsala provides a unifying element.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

For color pairings with marsala, view http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21167 or contact the experts at CenterPoint Design: 1-800-GOBENCO.

To view the Pantone Colors of the Year since 2000 at http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/pantone.aspx?pg=21168&ca=10

Serious about his smile.

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Benco Dental Territory Rep Lenny Lenz isn't only a talented salesman, he's also a gifted craftsman - of giant toothbrushes (shown)!

Benco Dental Territory Rep Lenny Lenz isn’t only a talented salesman, he’s also a gifted craftsman – of giant toothbrushes (shown)!

It was stiff competition at Booth #1734 for the “Show Us Your Smile” contest during the Greater NewYork Dental Meeting November 28-December 3. Larger than life PRO-SYS® toothbrushes were at the ready to (literally) support the grinning groupies who gathered for their photo ops.

Just in case you missed the GNYDM or fear your entry might be lackluster without a 5-foot-tall polishing prop, the PRO-SYS® team offers this reassurance: All that’s required is a selfie and a smile. (Your chances double if you feature a PRO-SYS® product in the picture, though.)

Four days remain to enter for a chance to win $500 worth of PRO-SYS® professionally designed, professionally recommended oral care products.

1. Take a selfie (double entry if you have a PRO-SYS® product in the photo).

2. Post your PRO-SYS™ smile to the PRO-SYS® Facebook page #PROSYSSMILE or email your entries to info@pro-sys.com

All images received by December 15, 2014 will enter you to win.

If you have your heart set on a giant toothbrush photo, be sure to visit booth #3533 at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting for another opportunity.

And check out your competition in the “Show Us Your Smile” contest here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pro-Sys/241332246075188?sk=photos_stream&tab=photos_albums

Team from Donate A Toothbrush visits the PRO-SYS booth at the GNYDM. For every toothbrush sold, PRO-SYS donates. Benefitting groups include Head Start, Health Volunteers Overseas and Donate A Toothbrush, which partners with World Dental Relief to provide brushes to 400 dental missions worldwide.

Team from Donate A Toothbrush visits the PRO-SYS® booth at the GNYDM. For every toothbrush sold, PRO-SYS® donates one. Benefitting groups include Head Start, Health Volunteers Overseas and Donate A Toothbrush, which partners with World Dental Relief to provide brushes to 400 dental missions worldwide.