No, this commercial is not an SNL sketch.

The concept of a flossing system that resembles miniature nunchucks might seem like the household product featured in a commercial parody on late-night TV, but GumChucks Kids, The Ultimate Attack on Plaque® is plenty real.

GumChucks Kids, The Ultimate Attack on Plaque® features a two-handle system, with disposable tips connected by a piece of dental floss.

The unique two-handle system, with disposable tips connected by a piece of dental floss, was designed to increase control and allow the user to make the dentist-recommended “C” shape with the floss. (All parts are crafted of recycled plastic and are BPA Free.)

Backstory: In 2010 during a lunch meeting at a business convention in Las Vegas, Keith Allen - marketing whiz and dad of two - saw Jeromi Stewart use a handmade personal flossing device. The two combined their skill sets and the rest is history. 

According to gumchuckskids.com, kids love shooting the disposable tips - as well as the characters (a Hollywood-inspired cartoon series called Tonsil Town™ with characters such as Plaque Man, Ninja Vitis, Molar Bear and the Hygenie, The Flossopher, Slime Shady, and Count Plaqula), game app (Weapons of Plaque Destruction – available in the iTunes store for iPads).

Every GumChucks Kids Starter Pack ($9.95) comes with a collectible character trading card.

Got braces? ORTHOgami is the answer.

Don’t worry, an adult version is available. And GumChucks ProFloss features all the same benefits:

  • Reach. Handles allow the user to easily reach back teeth.
  • Comfort. No more cut off circulation from floss-wrapped fingers.
  • A hygienic process. No fingers in the user’s mouth.
  • Ease.  Wrap floss around the tooth, removing more plaque and bacteria.

GumChucks are sold through Dentist Offices and 0nline at GumChucks.com. Read more at: gumchucks.com/

 

Who has 11 to 14 days to treat canker sore pain?

A five-second treatment used safely in the U.S. for close to 80 years recently began garnering attention recently for its success in the healing process of canker sores.

Debacterol® — a topical prescription med — generally requires only a single application, which allows the sores to heal in a few days without pain.

Sulfonated phenolics and sulfuric acid, which are believed to act as tissue denaturants — dehydrate infected tissue and bacteria after the lesions are sealed and protected.

The dark brown liquid that naturally smells like smoke, a distillate of boiled creosote, is manufactured using the same formula that its founder developed at the turn of the century.

Read more at www.focusedrx.com

Start your Monday with Shea.

 

Meet SHEA Breed:  West Highland White Terrier  Likes: Fishing, Dr. Donn Winokur, staff and patients at Ocean Family Dental Favorite foods: Edamame and grilled chicken

Meet SHEA
Breed: West Highland White Terrier
Likes: Fishing, Dr. Donn Winokur, staff and patients at Ocean Family Dental
Favorite foods: Edamame and grilled chicken

Joey Aquilino spends the Thursday car ride from Toms River, N.J., excited to see Shea, a friend in Lakewood he hasn’t visited in a few months.

That same December day, Shea’s morning routine is complete: teeth and hair brushed, out the door to work with Dr. Donn Winokur.

After one last glance at Shea’s picture on his dad’s phone in the car, Joey and Anthony Aquilino enter Ocean Family Dental together.

“In the past he would be upset coming through the door,” says Anthony Aquilino, who has been scheduling dental visits for his special needs son since Joey was 6 or 7. Joey is now 35.

“The doctor sees Joe every four months, which was very traumatic for him for years.”

That was all before therapy dog Shea arrived on the scene in 2011.

“We came in one day and Dr. Winokur asked ‘Would you like me to try Shea with Joe?’ It was an instant miracle, it’s incredible,” says Aquilino.

Specializing in pediatric dentistry since 1973, Dr. Winokur found himself drawn to helping children, especially those with special needs.

“I developed that when I was a young child. I saw people with special needs who weren’t being cared for, so I just developed a sub skillset.”

After attending the School of Dentistry at West Virginia University in Morgantown and completing his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Winokur traveled to the Pacific Northwest to complete a special program at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry.  The DECOD Clinic, or Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities, is guided by the precept that people with disabilities frequently have serious dental problems and difficulty in accessing dental services.

“I just really want this to get out there, because people should do this more often in their offices.  Especially with special needs patients, it’s tremendous,” says the doctor.

Wondering if cats can provide dental office therapy, too? Find out more and experience an afternoon with Shea and Dr. Winokur  as featured in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/636592a9#/636592a9/22

 

Infection control one click away.

Spend just over three minutes with Leann Keefer, RDH, MSM, and you’ll gain new insight on how to maintain your practice sterilizer; use the appropriate accessories; record sterilization parameters and know what to look for during the ideal sterilization cycle.

The Director of Clinical Education for Crosstex®, one of the leading healthcare providers of infection prevention/single-use disposable products, Keefer offers presentations, via short videos that highlight processes for infection control products.

Crosstex®, whose products — all manufactured in the U.S. — include earloop face masks, sterilization packaging and patient towels/bibs and plastic cups, recently launched an informational YouTube site featuring a number of helpful videos for the dental practice.

TheDailyFloss.com will highlight a few in the coming weeks, but visit http://www.youtube.com/user/CrosstexProtects to view them all.

It wouldn’t be Friday without a dental rap.

Thank you Carol Hartsell, for sharing with the world “Finally, Someone Rapped About Dental Hygiene To The Tune Of ‘Ice Ice Baby.’”

In her Huffington Post report this week, she highlights University of North Georgia student Jonathan Lee Casas busting a rhyme about dental hygiene during study hall.

Turn up your speaker volume or you’ll miss his soft-spoken hip hop swagger.

Hopefully it will inspire your inner poet (April is National Poetry Month) and oral health expertise.

Hankering for more dental rhymes? Maybe you missed thedailyfloss.com’s ‘Ode to Alignment Pins’ earlier this month? View it here now:

http://thedailyfloss.com/2014/04/05/ode-to-alignment-pins/