Which POTUS pouts are potentially potent?


Newly released data by Delta Dental Plans Association* provides a look at the style of smiles most preferred by the public in a fearless leader.

From former President Bill Clinton (more men – 22% – think he had the best smile than women – 12%) to President Barack Obama (11 point difference with women – 30% over men -19%), a certain smile is crucial.

Whose grin gripped the Greatest Generation? Go on, take a guess. Or read all about it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3IY8WmqQATeamFQZzh6dnpkSmc/view


*Results taken from a Fall/Winter omnibus survey conducted for Delta Dental Plans Association by Kelton Global between October 26thand 29th, 2015 among 1,013 nationally representative Americans 18+. The margin of error is +/-3.1 percent.

Listen. Is that the sound of clean?



Mobile apps can motivate better oral hygiene habits, as demonstrated by the award-winning Brush DJ @BrushDJ, (free toothbrush timer app developed by a UK dentist to make brushing less boring) and the popular Disney Magic Timer App by Oral-B (app featuring 23 Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters that track progress for kids).

Might the toothbrush of the future inspire better tooth cleaning based on the sound of scrubbing (bristles)?

According to a report in sciencedaily.com, researchers in Japan have discovered that how effectively we clean our teeth and how satisfied we are with the brushing job we do depends a lot on the sound of the bristles scrubbing against the enamel:

 “In trials with volunteer teeth cleaners, the researchers used a tiny microphone in a modified toothbrush to ‘sample’ the sound being made in the mouth during brushing and to modulate it and then feed that sound back to the volunteer. The study, which is published in the International Journal of Arts and Technology, explains how modulating the brush sound affects brushing effi cacy and satisfaction. The authors found that if they manipulated the pitch, or frequency and loudness, of the brushing sound, they could alter the volunteers’ perception of comfort and accomplishment. They also found that if they gradually increased the frequency as teeth cleaning progressed, the volunteers felt like the process was more comfortable and that their teeth were cleaner at the end of the process.”

Are headphones the answer? Probably not. The report describes a prototype system in which the tooth brusher wears headphones … impractical in the day-to-day.

Bone conduction speaker systems (think: hearing aid technology) might be incorporated into the smart toothbrush so that the amplified feedback loop is created in the mouth.

The sound of scrubbing. Could a Super Bowl commercial incorporating  Simon and Garfunkel be on the horizon?

Monday fun fact: Bone conduction explains why a person’s voice sounds different to him/her when it is recorded and played back. Because the skull conducts lower frequencies better than air, people perceive their own voices to be lower and fuller than others do, and a recording of frequently sounds higher.


Who needs 30 days? A Kickstarter success story.

One dental family took a leap of faith to help them spread their motto: “Look good, do good, have fun.”

Drs. Casey and Lisa Crafton and their three philanthropic children Gigi, McKenzie and Christopher, launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign in May, 2015, to raise capital for the promotion of the line of Bracket Ears jewelry (earrings, bracelets, charms, tie tacks, pins) crafted from — orthodontic brackets.

In previous interviews with TheDailyFloss.com and Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, the youngest members of the Crafton family shared that in 2002, they created Bracket Ears, LLC along with brother Christopher, and their parents, in Maryland.  Its mission: to give back.

Their goal at the time included finding a way to afford face time with retailers at AmericasMart in Atlanta to the tune of about $17,500 to exhibit.

Dr. Casey Crafton explained the positives and negatives of the process:

“The way Kickstarter works is that companies sell their products at a discount for folks who want to help them reach their goals for a specific purpose.  The scary thing about Kickstarter is that if we do not raise the entire amount we do not get anything.”

Great news for Bracket Ears, the Craftons and the good works they support: In 26 days, well within the Kickstarter deadline of 30 days, they raised $17,800. Phew!

Gigi and Mac (their chief – and only – designers ) have been busy creating an assortment of new products, including a new design for guys and a

 With men in mind: Shiny brackets align on sleek black leather to define The Wanda Leather Bracelet. Available in Silver and Gold, with and without Bling. One size fits all.

With men in mind: Shiny brackets align on sleek black leather to define The Wanda Leather Bracelet. Available in silver and gold, with and without bling.

new division – their collegiate line.   All will continue to enable them more ways to fulfill their mission, which is  raising dollars and awareness for worthy causes.

Want to learn more? http://www.bracketears.com/about-bracket-ears.html

2016: already a banner year for oral health.


It’s only January 27 and the world of dentistry is awash in good news.

From headline news in the LA Times about a smokeless tobacco ban at Dodger Stadium, and a Mouthing Off blog post about the American Student Dental Association’s February Wellness Challenge, to social media blasts about the Institute of Oral Health’s Inaugural In Motion: 5K Run, Walk, Fun, 2016 is a banner year thus far.


I’m sure some are so mad they can spit, but Hector Becerra shared good news for many in his report that the L.A. city council voted 14-1 Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance banning the use of smokeless tobacco products at all baseball fields and other sports venues in the city.
“It is our great hope that this leads to other cities, Major League Baseball and the great players we all admire to follow suit and do what is right for the health of the players, fans and the good of the game,” Council person Luis Huizar said after Tuesday’s vote.
According to Becerra’s story, Boston and San Francisco have already outlawed smokeless tobacco from their professional baseball stadiums.
If you think your hectic schedule only allows for ordering in and terrible-for-your-total- fitness-plan takeout options, think again.

Digital Content Coordinator Kerri Richardson at Mouthing Off offered firsthand feedback (recipes and helpful tips, too) after participating in one of the ASDA’s monthly wellness challenges #BeWellASDA:

“Eat only home cooked meals for seven days. I completed the challenge for this blog post and it was extremely difficult, but rewarding.”

According to asdanet.org, the challenges “ask you to change your behavior in a way that will positively affect your wellness … [and] target one (or more) of ASDA’s five dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, intellectual, occupational and environmental.”

Learn more or sign on to the challenge on ASDA’s Facebook page

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During its 93rd annual session, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association hopes see the forward motion of a new initiative.
A fundraising effort that will benefit the ADHA Institute for Oral Health, which provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service will culminate Thursday, June 9 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with an inaugural event.
From now until then, those interested are invited to create teams to participate or make a donation to support the IN MOTION 5K RUN WALK FUN

Dali’s creation captures the art of the smile.

(Photo courtesy the-maac.com)

Today, the @WSJ Wall Street Journal reflects on a virtual-reality experience in a new exhibition at The Dali Museum in Florida, Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination, which spotlights the relationship between renowned artists.

Those unfamiliar with the collaboration of Salvador Dali and Walt Disney on an animated short film “Destino,” originally created between 1945 and 1948, might also be surprised at a glimpse into the archives of these great imaginators and inventors.

Dali’s unique perspective translated into jewelry, including the brooch he designed after starlet Marilyn Monroe, which is shown above: “Ruby Lips with Teeth Like Pearls.”

The Manhattan Art & Antique Center @maac_nyc waxes poetic on the creation, featured at its Leah Gordon Gallery:

“Between 1940 and 1970, the iconic surrealist painter created 39 truly original jewelry designs that blur the line between art and spectacle, as Dali often did.”

“Dali mused ‘Poets of the ages, of all lands, write of ruby lips and teeth like pearls.’ It remained for him to translate this poetic cliché into a true surrealistic object.”

The glamorous recreation serves as a reminder that while smiles are works of art unto themselves, when entrusted to true visionaries, they can evolve into beauty beyond compare.

Monday Funday: Take a Zimbo quiz, “Can you guess the Disney character from just a smile?” Warning: Not for the Disney novice.