Virtual Tooth Fairy Ball: Twist on traditional fundraising

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Contrary to a recent survey that the tooth fairy left 8% less under pillows this year (an average of $3.40 for every lost tooth) than in 2013, as reported by USAToday.com, the wanded warrior will dig deep into her fairy dust coffers during a Ball and Silent Auction slated for November.

A day with Dr. Gordon Christensen including a private mini course, facility tour and lunch for four at his Utah research center; a Nomad Handheld Intraoral X-Ray Device;  and “On the Glass” tickets to Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers are among silent auction items at the Virtual Tooth Fairy Ball and online auction November 1-24.

The event, organized by National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF), aims to help fund nonprofit clinics serving at-risk children according to a report in Mentor Magazine.

Dental companies and oral care professionals are invited  to become virtual toothfairies without leaving home. Corporations may donate items to a silent auction or purchase virtual “tables” for $5000 each. Contributors’ grants will be named in honor of the donating companies. In addition, participating firms will be recognized in event-related communications, and will also be awarded memberships in the America’s ToothFairy Kids Club — a perk they can pass along to employees, customers and associates.

Group dental practices and individual clinicians are also invited to participate by bidding on auction items.

RSVP at: http://www.ncohf.org/get-involved/toothfairy-ball/rsvp

American Ninja Dentist lives her dream, shares her story

This past June, North Carolina dentist Dr. Desiree Walker was a featured athlete on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, the heart-racing, extreme obstacle competition, and ran the course.

Caption: This past June, North Carolina dentist Dr. Desiree Walker, shown, was a featured athlete on NBC’s extreme obstacle competition, American Ninja Warrior.

By Desiree Walker, DDS (@sarahdesiwalker)

“A great dentist”, “a kind dentist”, “a gentle dentist” – these were the normal, positive phrases that I hoped that my patients would use to describe me.  Never did I think that one of the adjectives would be “Ninja” and never did I think that many of my patients would refer to me as the “Ninja Dentist”. But I am, at least locally, thanks to the NBC show American Ninja Warrior.

This past June, I was a featured athlete on American Ninja Warrior, the heart-racing, extreme obstacle competition, and ran the course.  Not only did I get to showcase what one of the hosts called the most epic fall this season, but also myself, as a dentist and an athlete. The opportunity was a thrill of a lifetime, but the biggest blessing was the chance to share my story of dentistry and fitness; two topics that are rarely blended together.  It was a chance to encourage females, dentists and professionals, that wellness, exercise and movement can be integrated into any lifestyle.

The events began unfolding back at the end of April. I was in my office on a Saturday afternoon, re-bonding ortho brackets on my husband Ash, when I got a call on my cell phone.  I never answer calls while in the operatory with patients, of course, but this was a different situation, especially with the patient being my husband and the call coming from Los Angles, the complete opposite end of the country.  I de-gloved and answered.
The conversation went as follows:  “This is Claire, one of the producers from NBC.  We received your application and tryout video for American Ninja Warrior.  Would you be interested in participating on the show in Miami?”

Wow – I wasn’t expecting that! Several months ago, I did a spur-of-the-moment iPhone video of one of my actual training workouts in my house.  It was the last day for submission of the application to the American Ninja Warrior Show, and we were snow bound in our homes.  I did a brief introduction and filmed the workout.  I sent in the video and application that evening, not thinking much about my chances of being chosen.  I was in the third full month of my ground-up construction, start-up dental practice. It was consuming most of my time, focus and energy.

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In the words of Thomas Edison: ‘Be courageous!’

Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine joins forces with the Edison Awards™ in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.

In a radical statement for his day, Thomas Edison believed that physicians of the future would focus on wellness and preventive care rather than disease alone. He stated, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine joins forces with the Edison Awards™ in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.

Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world. The Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product and market development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name across the world. The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

Browse the gallery of outstanding nominees received for the 2015 Edison Awards: http://www.edisonawards.com/nomineegallery.php

How to Enter

To nominate a product or service for an Edison Award or Edison Green Award, download the 2015 Nomination Guide and complete the online Nomination Form. Nominate by November 9, 2014 for discounted fees. Final deadline is December 5, 2014. Follow the instructions on the form, and submit your nomination, along with the entry fee, as directed. Winners will be announced during the April 2015 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

http://www.edisonawards.com/Nominations.php

 

Be informed: ADA offers dental advisory on Ebola

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As of October 17, 2014, dental professionals are advised of the following, according to an ADA report:

A person infected with Ebola is not considered contagious until symptoms appear. Due to the virulent nature of the disease, it is highly unlikely that someone with Ebola symptoms will seek dental care when they are severely ill. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ADA Division of Science, dental professionals are advised to take a medical history, including a travel history from their patients with symptoms in which a viral infection is suspected.

Dentists are advised not to treat patients if they have these signs and symptoms for Ebola.

Four steps dental professionals and staff in contact with the patient should take if a patient is feeling feverish and their travel history indicates Ebola risk:

  • immediately protect themselves by using standard precautions with physical barriers (gowns, masks, face protection, and gloves)
  • immediately call 911 on behalf of the patient
  • notify the appropriate state or local health department authorities
  • ask the health department to provide you and your staff with the most up-to-date guidance on removing and disposing of potentially contaminated materials and equipment, including the physical barriers.

The ADA remains in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) regarding Ebola and is dedicated to providing the most up to date information for dental professionals on this evolving issues.

Revolutionize the way you design a dental practice

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CAPTION: Lathe E. Miller, DDS, MS, of Grand Rapids Michigan shares thoughts on his CenterPoint Design Experience.

Eight seats remain for a two-day Design Seminar in Costa Mesa, California, that has received rave reviews from past attendees.

One dentist had this to say: “In the past, I expected to come away with one or two pieces of information that I could incorporate into our business, but with the Benco Dental CenterPoint Design Seminar, I walked away with many, many items that I could use right away, with contacts to help me as we progress with our expansion project and a wealth of information that I can incorporate into our plan today.”

The two-day CenterPoint Design Seminar, slated for November 13 and 14 will include:
 Discovering the Design Secrets of the Highly Productive Practice
 Examing Ergonomics of the Operatory
 Cost Segregating & Real Estate
 Marketing Tools
 The Power of Interior Design
 Construction & Project Timeline

In addition to keynote presenter Dr. Mark Tholen, DDS, MBA and Ergonomic Design Expert, the content of the seminar features:
“Marketing Your New Practice,” with Lisa Philp, RDH, CMC, President of Transitions Group of North America
“Financing– Putting It All Together,” with Charles Loretto, Cain, Watters & Associates, P.C.
“The Power of Interior Design” with Heather Kubic Skapyak, NCIDQ, CenterPoint Design Manager, Benco Dental
Chris Hovde, of Clarion Financial

Earn six Continuing Education Credits at this ultimate dental design experience. Contact your Friendly Benco Dental Rep to reserve a seat or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.