That’s a lot of smiles.


285, 889.

As of Friday, Feb. 5, 285, 889 children were set to participate in the American Dental Association Foundation’s Give Kids A Smile® program.

Launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003 to support free oral health services for underserved children, Give Kids A Smile day is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February each year.

According to the foundation, the participation outlook for the year ahead includes:

Number of Events – 1,252
Number of Kids – 285,889
Participating Dentists – 7,102
Other Volunteers – 24,354
If you would like to join the GKAS movement and host your own event, please visit the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox or the FAQ page.
Use and follow the hashtag #GKAS to share your Give Kids A Smile story and photos on social media.
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Drs. Nancy Villa and Cavan Brunsden at the Rutgers facility groundbreaking. The ADA Foundation presented the Jeff Dalin, DDS, Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award.

The ADA Foundation offers congratulations to this year’s Smile Champion Award winners, Dr. Cavan Brunsden and the New Jersey Dental Association team, winners of the Jeff Dalin, D.D.S. Give Kids A Smile Volunteer Award.

A photo exhibit of dental dreams.

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A photo exhibition opening tonight, running throughout Dubai Photo Week and extending to March 4 offers an examination of “The Smile.”

Hosting gallery Gulf Photo Plus @gulfphotoplus, offers a glimpse of the exhibit:

“A cursory search of archival images by world-renowned VII Photo agency photographers seems to show we often frown upon smiles in our photographs.

The Smile exhibition brings together images of people smiling – most often a taboo expression in photojournalism – into a collection of powerful images gathered during the most important historical events that have shaped the past 30 years. Compiled as a group, they reveal the astonishing range of human behavior that smiles represent.

Pride powers a smile, power emboldens a smile, we smile to seduce or be seduced. But we also smile when we lie, when we’re scared or anxious. In fact, just one variant of the 18 different smiles recognizes enjoyment, and it’s this universal variant that unites us as human beings.”

VII @VIIPHoto, created in 2001 by seven of the world’s leading photojournalists, now represents 19 of the world’s preeminent photojournalists whose careers span 35 years of world history.

View a photo of the photos included in the exhibition:

Protect your pet’s teeth.


How much do you know about your pet’s dental health? Take the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s quiz to find out.

Annually, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month in February, a reminder to dedicate efforts to your furry loved one’s oral health care. Their website offers helpful insight such as:

  • step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing
  • how to prevent pets from getting periodontal disease,
  • how to take care of your pet’s teeth yearround.

Keep it social: The AVMF invites pet lovers to view and submit photos on their Pet Dental Health Month Facebook event page, or tweet or Instagram your photos with the hashtag #PetDental.


Keep your guinea pig’s teeth in top form.

Stretch for success: When stress is proactive.


By Lori Irvine / Synergistic Team Coach, Transitions Group North America

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Lori Irvine, Synergistic Team Coach, Transitions Group North America

Success involves risk taking. Stepping away from complacency into unknown territory is scary, but it is an essential element for professional growth. “University? My school days are over!,” “A supervisory position? But I’ve never led a team before,” “I’m great at this job, have been for over 15 years.” Sound familiar?


Our instincts start us off with two choices: fight or flight. Instead of enjoying a peaceful afternoon alone in a forest, human beings have a default wiring to fear the beast stalking us for their next meal. Although we certainly can’t overcome this natural instinct, we are capable of managing the stress that inevitably comes with it.

Excessive worry robs us of intellectual capacity and stifles our development. Quiet your internal “naysayer” and take risks without expecting perfection. Think about it, do you expect more from yourself than you do others? Be your own advocate and allow yourself permission to fail, as the mistakes we make are our best teachers. When you do slip up (and you will), simply accept it, release it, and draw from the experience to try again.

There’s no need to take a flying leap out of your comfort zone; start with a tiptoe, but be proactive. Research, discover, and go after opportunities; don’t wait for them to present themselves. Have confidence in your strengths. Recognize them. Develop them. Use them. You are ready! Take that class, vie for that promotion, STRETCH YOURSELF and celebrate every one of your many successes moving forward.

 As the Synergistic Team Coach, Transitions Group North America, Lori Irvine serves as an expert in professional empowerment; she motivates teams to maximize their capacity for excellence. She inspires by supporting clients in the discovery of their true potential.  Find out more about Lori:



Why it’s worth changing your habits: Dentistry disrupted


Whether you left dental school five years ago or five decades, Howard Strassler, DMD, director of operative dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, asks you to stop and consider just how much the profession has changed. In the most recent edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, he shares theories on what he calls “disruptive innovation.”

“I was recently reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-Power-of-Habit-TP_nospine1winning reporter at the New York Times. He explains how habits form, and how to change them. Duhigg defines habits broadly: parallel parking, gambling. exercising, eating and, yes, brushing our teeth all qualify.

This holds true in the professional realm as well. Each of us, after all, practices our own unique form of dentistry, from our first encounter with a patient to the exam, our treatment-plan presentation, even how we decide to organize our practice. All of it is based on what we’ve done before.

Whether you graduated from dental school five years ago or five decades, stop for a moment  and consider just how much our profession has changed. When I teach, I refer to the way we  practice as habitual, learned over many years – and (very much relatedly) I’ve noticed that what makes us most uncomfortable  are so-called “disruptive forces.”

Optimist that I am, I prefer to call this phenomenon “disruptive innova­tion.” You’re familiar with the concept from everyday life: using the phone in your hand to order an Uber instead of calling a cab. Yet even for these seemingly world beater, disruption is in the air: Tesla, the manufacturer of high-powered electric vehicles, is reportedly in discussion with Uber to provide its next-gen fleet. Then there’s Google’s self-driving car: Talk about. disruption.”


Howard Strassler, DMD

Read Dr. Strassler’s column, and learn more about the bioactive materials he feels are making an enormous difference in how dentistry is practiced, at: