Tooth fairy tall ‘tail’ 120 years strong and counting

Who needs the Tooth Fairy when you’ve got Perez the Mouse?

In many parts of the world, when a child loses a tooth,  if it is placed under the child’s pillow,  the Tooth Fairy will collect and replace it with cold, hard cash. (The going rate is almost $4 according to the Associated Press Big Story.)

In Hispanic countries, a tradition that got a royal start in 1894 continues today. According to “Ten Weird Facts About Teeth” compiled by Gregory Myers at ListVerse.comin Spain when the king’s son lost his first tooth, the king enlisted a priest named Luis Coloma write a story for the boy. The priest created the character “Ratoncito Perez,” also known as Perez the Mouse. The story  is still beloved by Hispanic children. The English translation is here.


It’s time to pay the piper.

Increasing collections for your dental practice is crucial to financial sustainability. When collections decrease as a percentage of production, cash flow suffers.

A recent dental practice management update from Transitions Consulting Group suggests five ways to increase collections. One is linked to collecting outstanding patient debt. Take a step today by running a computer AR aging list by name, time frame and amount and plan a sequence to collect the largest amount owed, longest time frame over 120 days. Make contact, verbally request immediate payment of a portion and follow up with a three-step contact to collect the balance. Don’t forget to include brightly colored DUE DATE stamps on statements to patients, using their preferred method of communication.

To review four additional suggestions, visit:

Hiring employees for your dental practice? Read this first.


Did a staff member you hired send a patient packing based on lack of people skills or proper office etiquette? Did you unwittingly add to your team the job-hopper whose resume you wish you had given a closer look?
Don’t let it happen again.
Start by streamlining the process  with a system such as Practice GPS hiring services, powered by Benco Dental, in which a web-based hiring system advertises your openings to internet job boards and provides you with an applicant processing system that automatically scores and filters all incoming applicants.
Then read this recent blog post by Maggie Lasley of Dental Products Report where she outlines top five hiring mistakes and how to avoid them. Two of the five pitfalls are mentioned here, but read her full story at:
Mistake #1. You didn’t provide a clear enough job description. Make sure applicants are fully aware of what they are expected to do, said Cathy Jameson, CEO and Founder of Jameson Management.
Mistake #3. You go with your gut. Sometimes, when you’re interviewing an applicant, you get a ‘gut feeling’ that this person is the right fit, said Penny Reed Limoli, owner of the Reed Limoli Group. Don’t go with your gut and hire the person on the spot. Always call for references and be on the lookout for ‘job hopping.’ If a candidate has not held a job with one company for at least two years, you should consider whether this person is the right ‘fit’ for you and your team.

Want to lose 3 pounds instantly?

Too many Chicago dogs at the Midwinter Dental Meeting adding unwanted weight to your morning moment on the scale ? We’ve all been there.

But handheld x-ray developer Aribex offers a plan to help you immediately feel lighter, even before you hit the gym. Get $1,400.00 rebate back for a Nomad Pro 2 (weighing in at 5.5 pounds) purchase when you trade in a working, old 8.5-pound Nomad Dental. Oh, and trade in the oldest Nomad out there and you could win the grand prize of a free Nomad Pro2. Click here for details:

If you’re like Aribex Director of Sales and Marketing Mike Heyn, shown here at the aforementioned dental show, whose travel itinerary includes only healthy salads for dinner,  you might not need to worry about shedding pounds. But you can still benefit from the Nomad Pro 2. 

The company recently announced that it has 14,000 Nomad Pro 2 handheld x-ray systems in use in dental practices worldwide.

‘They Walk! They Talk! They’re Alive!’

Excited claims such as these decorate the package of the The Yakity-Yak Talking Teeth, which made their official debut in 1950.  According to Collectors Weekly blogger Lisa Hix, in the 1940s, toy inventor Eddie Goldfarb saw an ad for a false-teeth holder called a “Tooth Garage” and envisioned a pair of dentures, “chomping and sputtering down the road like a car, and parking on their own.”

So in 1949, Goldfarb gave life to the wind-up gag commonly known as “chattering teeth,” brought them to toy legends Marvin Glass and Irving Fishlove (who introduced latex fake vomit to the world) and the rest is history.

Vintage Yakity-Yak teeth provided by collectors Mardi and Stan Timm. Read the full story at Learn more about the Timms and their collection at

Vintage Yakity-Yak teeth provided by collectors Mardi and Stan Timm. Read the full story at
Learn more about the Timms and their collection at

Hix had this to say: “If you’re looking for an intellectual, rational reason why chattering teeth have been such a consistent seller and are repeatedly knocked off by overseas toy makers, there isn’t one. They look like dentures, which are inherently funny. They can startle the unsuspecting. And they’re right out of a dentistry nightmare, disembodied teeth and gums talking, shivering, running, and chomping on their own. It’s the stuff of late-night horror films and Saturday-morning cartoons.”

Find out how the Rolling Stones revved up the sticker price for this vintage toy and follow its 65 years of laugh delivery in the full story at: