Calling all inventors! 3 days, 15 hours, 59 minutes and counting (to nominate).

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UPDATE: 7 days, 12 hours, 19 minutes, 21 seconds
Per the Edison Awards committee today at 1 p.m.: “Due to the large number of nominations we are receiving today, we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions until December 12 to ensure all nominees have a chance to complete their entries. If you plan to nominate, don’t delay, visit We will definitely not extend beyond December 12.”

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The prestigious Edison Awards™ — which has recognized advances such as the Apple ipad;  Keurig Vue® single cup brewing system;  and OnStar For My Vehicle (FMV)— adds a dental category for 2015.

For over a quarter of a century, the Edison Awards have recognized innovation in product and services design, sustainability and marketing  establishing itself as one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation.

Today, groundbreaking discoveries in dentistry and their creators might be one nomination away from joining the ranks of previous winners, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing.

Nominate a product or service for an Edison Award or Edison Green Award to achieve this distinguished status and gain entrée into this elite circle of visionaries. Download the 2015 Nomination Guide and complete the online Nomination Form: Final deadline is December 5, 2014.

This year, Incisal Edge,

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New York loves teeth. Does your state?

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At least that is how it appears to travelers passing through the Empire State.

During a recent visit to Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., CenterPoint Design’s Amanda Griffith spotted the tooth and toothbrush seating shown above.


Oral health-inspired artwork brightens the walkways of downtown Ithaca, N.Y.

On a stroll through Ithaca, N.Y.’s  downtown, this MolarMuse discovered community artwork, shown at right, seemingly inspired by a quest for better oral hygiene.

Transplanted to Pittston, Pennsylvania, a welcoming icon at the home office Benco Dental, once graced a park in NYC. The 1,000-pound sculpture with the original name “The Little Soldier,” shown below, has greeted visitors at of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor since 1984, but traces its, ahem, roots, to the Big Apple.

In an effort to inspire a bit of friendly competition, @the_daily_floss invites you to share photos that illustrate a denticle-loving location in your path. Perhaps another state serves up smiles with its…

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Hermey the Dentist gets his (postage) due.

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The Statue of Liberty, Albert Einstein, Elvis — through the years, these national treasures  joined the ranks of countless others whose images decorate the United States Postal Service’s precious commodity: postage stamps.

But have any received the rank of Dental Do Gooder?

Don’t think so.

After 50 years of dreaming about becoming a dentist and promoting good dental health to his friend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and everyone in the North Pole, Hermey the Elf was not only featured on a Forever stamp, but also recently named a DDG—Dental Do Gooder, that is, by the president of the American Dental Association (ADA).

In honor of Hermey’s DDG designation, the ADA’s website,, features a fun dental health quiz for families, plus a separate sweepstakes drawing to win a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer prize package. Free downloadable coloring book pages featuring Hermey and good dental health tips also appear on the ADA’s

The animated classic “Rudolph the…

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An app that will make you wish you were five again.

The free Disney Magic Timer™ by Oral-B® app, which appeals to ages 2-7, is considered the “Best New App” for “Kids.”

Featuring 16 of children’s favorite Disney and Marvel characters, use this app to effortlessly encourage your patients to brush longer. They can collect a new digital sticker after each successful two minutes of brushing; track progress with stars and milestone badges on the Brushing Calendar.

Characters featured are: Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates), James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, Belle, Lightning McQueen, Ariel, Dusty, Cinderella, Tinker Bell, Rapunzel, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America.

Three easy steps make the magic happen:
1. Download the Disney Magic Timer™ app by Oral-B®
2. Scan any Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health Stages product with an iPad, iPhone or iTouch
3. Favorite characters come to life.

The creators invite your patients’ success stories with the new app through: @oralb

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Women in dentistry: Share your style.

Dress for Success

Spend an evening with an ‘Influential Woman’  and boost the spirits of women in need.

Members of the dental industry are invited to attend a gathering that will offer a unique opportunity to gain skills in leadership and strategic planning, October 23 in Rochester, New York. Hosted by Benco Dental at Pomodoro, 3400 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Lucy Hobbs Project™ event will feature Sarah Anders, Senior Vice President of North America Sales for Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.  who was recognized in 2013 as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry.

Members of the dental industry are invited at no charge, but each attendee is asked to bring a gently used outfit to benefit Dress for Success Rochester.

At Pomodoro, light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available.  Space is limited. For details regarding this event or to register, visit

Named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, The Lucy Hobbs Project™ inspires women in the profession to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Dr. Hobbs, denied access to education because of her gender, learned dentistry with the assist of a mentor, through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. Free to join, the project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry.  To sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit:

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.