Ever wonder why Sofia Vergara has an amazing smile?

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Sofia Vergara and Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara at the Sofia Vergara Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony at the Hollywood Blvd on May 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA

A showstopper on ABC’s Modern Family, Sofia Vergara (shown with her son Manolo) says at one point she was two semesters shy of completing dental school in her native Colombia, according to people.com.

The actress and model said she left school to become a TV host.

Even when her son Manolo was 18, she joked with the magazine about the frequency at which she requested his cleanings.

“My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

Though she traded one career for another, she places a premium on impeccable dental hygiene.

“I’m obsessed,” she says.

 

Help these do-gooders with a Kickstart!

“Look good, do good, have fun,” say GiGi and McKenzie Crafton.
These two philanthropic youngsters put their motto into action with the launch of Bracket Ears jewelry (earrings, bracelets, charms, tie tacks, pins) crafted from — orthodontic brackets.

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

Now, they’re planning to take their show on the road to spread the brand’s message and generate awareness of the fundraising opportunity available to the general public.

“Our next step is to make a big push and introduce Bracket Ears at some trade shows in 2015,” said GiGi Crafton.

So, they created a video with a local production company and joined in the Kickstarter fundraising platform to help make their goals possible.

“We were all quite happy with the way it turned out.  We were fortunate enough to work with a local production company who had some experience with Kickstarter.  We started looking at Kickstarter as an option because we have seen a significant amount of growth outside of dentistry.  We did a little research and figured out the best place to get in front of retailers is in Atlanta at AmericasMart.  The bad news with a show like this is that it will cost us about $17,500 to exhibit.  Looking at different ways to raise capital, Kickstarter came up,” said Dr. Casey Crafton.

He 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.”
So, with 25 days to raise $17,500, the Craftons need everyone’s help.
DailyFlossers, here’s where you come in. Support a worthy cause and pick up some fun and colorful jewelry at the same time:
And in the meantime, members of the dental community and Cali natives can see Bracket Ears in action.
“We are gearing up for the AAO show in San Francisco this weekend, which is a huge show for us,” said Dr. Crafton, mentioning that Bracket Ears will be featured at Booth #3055 at the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session May 16 and 19 in San Francisco.

Don’t let your 100-watt smile fall by the wayside in summer.

Beautiful beach and sea

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

With summer soon approaching (finally), a lot of people will spend their time basking in the sun, swimming, and snacking. Not only do you need to protect your body during the sunny season, you also need to protect your teeth.

Dr. Marielaina Perrone of Henderson, Nevada, recently offered helpful advice on how to keep your smile safe this summer.

* Always stay hydrated. Not only is this is good for your entire body, but it also keeps your mouth hydrated. This will help protect against tooth decay and keep oral tissues moist to prevent them from drying out.

* Choose wise snacks that can keep you and your teeth healthy. Poor snacking can damage your teeth and health. Good summer choices include fresh fruits like watermelon and bananas.

*  Protected your lips with a lip balm or lip gloss with moisture and SPF protection is important, try to use at least SPF 15.

* Protect those smiles when playing sports. Don’t forget to wear a mouth guard.

* Be aware of the damage swimming in a pool can cause on our dental health. Swimming in pools with high chlorine content can cause tooth enamel erosion. Swimming in the ocean is actually a better option. The high salt water content can reduce oral bacteria.

* Try to avoid drinking a lot of sports drinks. Most sports drinks are highly acidic with a high content of sugar. These drinks can lead to tooth enamel erosion as well as tooth decay.

* Don’t forget the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Skipping breakfast can lead to increased snacking on unhealthy items.

No forklift needed during dental surgery … this time.

black leopard

By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Peter Emily, a graduate from human dental school at Creighton University, in Nebraska, served as an Air Force mechanic during the Korean War, got started with animal tooth extractions and canals when he bred Doberman Pinschers, taking x-rays of their teeth to determine if they would have a tooth formation that would prevent them from participating in competition.

In 2005, he founded the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, a nonprofit that arranges missions for veterinarians and dentists to perform procedures on exotic animals in the U.S. and abroad. He runs the organization, with the help of one part-time employee, largely out of his home.

On a recent day the energetic 82-year-old, though semi-retired, consulted with the other dentists on a several veterinary dental procedures.

According to The New Yorker, the scene took place in an operating theater at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, where a mountain lion named Montana, lay on his side, unconscious.

Photo courtesy: Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) Facebook page.

Photo courtesy: Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) Facebook page.

Two veterinary dentists stood at his head, scraping infected pulp out of his four canine teeth, all of which needed root canals. Occasionally, one of the dentists raised an X-ray machine to the lion’s head to check his progress.

In the next room, a caged black leopard, named Backara, who needed a molar extraction, waited to endure the same set of procedures.

A technician put the 140-pound animal to sleep with an injection, then four people maneuvered him onto a cloth stretcher and carried him into the operating room. When the sanctuary works on their grizzly bears, which can weigh more than 1,500 pounds, they are anesthetized in their habitat and brought to the operating room by forklift and truck.

Montana and Backara had arrived at the sanctuary several months earlier, from a facility in Ohio.

Keep up with Dr. Emily’s newest adventures and view his intriguing photos: https://www.facebook.com/PEIVDF

To read the full story: http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-lion-dentist

No one should die from ‘dirty teeth’

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Angie Stone, Owner & Founder of HyLife LLC in Edgerton, WI, has combined her love for the elderly and her dental background into one profession. Her business aims to help improve the oral health of nursing home residents.

Oral care is mandatory at nursing homes, but according to a recent story in GazetteXtra, most staff members don’t have much training — some only get about an hour’s worth.

Stone has 30 years of experience. According to the story, Stone brushes and flosses clients’ teeth, then lines their mouths with xylitol, a natural sugar substitute that makes it harder for bacteria to produce plaque. ( A typical cleaning takes about 15 minutes.)

Her inspiration to start HyLife began with two women: her mother-in-law, Gladys Stone, and her grandmother Helen Schrantz.

The former entered a nursing home with lung disease. Without a dentist or dental hygienist on staff, plaque built up in her mouth. Her lung disease continued to worsen at an alarming rate, despite the antibiotics she took, Stone said. After she passed, Stone knew the two problems were connected and she needed to do something to help.

Schrantz also entered a nursing home late into her life. In two years, she lost 60 percent of her teeth, Stone said. “I buried her with no front teeth,” Stone recalled, “and as a dental hygienist, that haunts me. It should have never happened.”

Photo courtesy: Agri-view. Angie Stone of HyLife oral care services greets George Schmidt, 88, before caring for his teeth at Huntington Place in Janesville.

Photo courtesy: Agri-view. Angie Stone of HyLife oral care services greets George Schmidt, 88, before caring for his teeth at Huntington Place in Janesville.

Stone’s business, HyLife, is still in the beginning stage. The oral care component of the company began last July, and HyLife currently employees 10 caregivers in four Midwestern states and Florida.

Stone’s dream is to have a team of caregivers all over the country in order to take care of this elderly population and prevent death from dirty teeth.

“In the U.S. in 2015, should people die from dirty teeth? No. I don’t think so,” she said. “We’re doing something, and we’re absolutely helping.”

To read the full story: http://www.gazettextra.com/20150425/edgerton_resident_aims_to_tackle_nationwide_oral_problem