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/

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.



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.

Is your state failing with sealants?


By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist recently discussed a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, which illustrates that many states are slow in efforts to get the quick and cost-effective treatment of dental sealants to children who are often at the highest risk for cavities.

She mentions that the report grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their sealant program efforts.

“Since the past report card, only 12 states have improved their grades, while seven states have fallen behind. Most have failed to reach even half of 8-year-olds with this preventive service,” says Otto.

The procedure for dental sealants costs one-third of the price of filling a cavity.http://www.vistadental.com/preventative/dental-sealants/

The procedure for dental sealants costs one-third of the price of filling a cavity. http://www.vistadental.com/preventative/dental-sealants/

Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities and aid in the protection of children’s teeth from tooth decay. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the first and second permanent molars.

The procedure for dental sealants costs one-third of the price of filling a cavity.

Pew concluded their study by stating that “States are driving up health care costs for families and taxpayers by not doing enough to use dental sealants.”

For Otto’s story, visit: healthjournalism.org/blog/2015/05/report-states-fail-to-provide-cost-saving-dental-procedure-to-children/