‘Small Bucks for Big Bites in Ecuador’: Man on a dental mission

Michael Haffner, 21, and a junior at Wabash College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, studies biology, chemistry and religion with the hopes of attending dental school one day.

A summer mission trip to Banos Ecuador led Haffner on his current quest: To use crowdfunding to raise awareness and $10,000 to provide the people of that area with modest, readily available and inexpensive medical supplies and equipment. The Project Ecuadent campaign started November 24 and will close January 8, 2015.

“When I was there, not being able to hand out toothbrushes to kids because they didn’t have them at home and weren’t able to purchase them, was saddening,” said Haffner, as to what prompted him to begin the dental supply collection.

“It was interesting to see the patients. They were really grateful, even if it was something minor. They’d come up and give you hugs,” he added.

Inspired to get started, Haffner created a Twitter account @ProjectEcuadent to promote the cause. After just two days, on November 26,  it had 100 or so followers, he said, and his fundraising site (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-ecuadent) had garnered 8 or 9 donations, totaling more than $700.

On his summer mission trip, his group included three undergrad students and a Physicians Assistant.

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A summer mission trip to Banos Ecuador led Indiana college student Michael Haffner on his current quest: To use crowdfunding to raise awareness and $10,000 to provide the people of that area with modest, readily available and inexpensive medical supplies and equipment.

“In the cities there were a lot of resources, but 10 minutes out of the way, children had never been to the doctor, didn’t have toothbrushes. It was really sad,” he said.

According to his website, Haffner is working with a team of charitable manufacturers and distributors of dental and medical supplies, and Medical Ministries International (the sponsoring organization for the dental and medical clinic in Banos, Ecuador), to assemble a critical care pack of medical and dental supplies to be shipped from the MMI warehouse in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, to Ecuador.

Multiple medical and dental companies have offered to donate supplies and the money raised will help pay for even more supplies to be purchased.  If the $10,000 goal is not reached, all money raised will be used to buy supplies for the Banos clinic, according to Haffner.

For details and to donate, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-ecuadent

 

Celebrate Excellence in dental-practice design

A spherical office suspended in the air between two towers. An unconventional mix of a modern trapezoidal-shaped housed in an historic downtown structure. A ‘living space’ lobby and calming color scheme aimed to make patients feel at home.  A planet and patient-friendly masterpiece inspired by a father-son duo.  A recreation of space that empowers the surgeons and educators within. A timeless pediatric practice for all ages designed with room to grow.

The aforementioned descriptions offer a mental picture of the half-dozen eyepopping practices featured in the Incisal Edge Winter Edition  as winners of the second annual Incisal Edge Design Competition, as presented by the dental lifestyle magazine and Clarion Financial.

Without further adieu, the winners are:

  • New Construction Practice (Tie) – Dental 32 (Dr. Steve Truong) and Sky Dental (Dr. Abby Hussamy-Kanj)
  • Repurposed Practice – Altura Periodontic & Training Facility (Group Practice)
  • Eco-Friendly Practice- Lewright Family & Cosmetic Dentistry (Drs. Jack and Brent Lewright)
  • Specialty Practice – Pediatric Dentistry of Columbia (Dr. Sangita Doshi)
  • Design of the Future – Larry Lee Design (Larry Lee)

Want to get inspired both aesthetically and dentally? View the winning entries of the practices listed at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2bc2b9ad#/2bc2b9ad/42

The magazine’s team canvassed doctors, equipment specialists, architects and designers nationwide for nominations across five categories: Best New Construction, Best Repurpose, Best Eco-Friendly, Best Specialty and, for the first time, a speculative Design of the Future (featured above). They then turned it all over to the blue-ribbon panel of five judges:

  • DAVID ALLISON, FAIA, NCARB, ACHA, the Alumni Distinguished Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture and Health at Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina, focusing on health-care architecture;
  • TRISTAN HAMILTON, DDS, M. ARCH., who holds degrees in architecture (from Andrews University in Michigan) and dentistry (from Loma Linda University in Southern California). He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he practices in an office he designed himself;
  • LISA PHILP, RDH, CMC, who combines practical applications of dentistry with real life solutions as the innovative leader and business owner at the full-service coaching company for dentistry – Transitions Group North America;
  • REX WILDEY, DDS, who holds a degree in dentistry and a certificate in pediatric dentistry. A second-generation dentist, he infuses a commitment to the welfare of children into his practice, a surf-themed haven created around a vintage Volkswagen microbus;
  • ADAM M. WISE, LEED AP DESIGNER, BOHLIN CYWINSKI JACKSON, an architect and an LEED Accredited Professional whose primary focus concerns using state-of-the-art technology to streamline design.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. For additional information regarding Incisal Edge magazine, visit: http://www.benco.com/incisaledge/

Q: What’s red, white and blue and makes use of Lady Liberty’s majesty?

A: The Greater New York Dental Meeting, which begins Friday, November 28 and continues through Wednesday, December 3.

What better deal on Black Friday than:

  • 350 Scientific Programs
  • Over 700 Exhibitors
  • 6 Hours of Free CE Daily
  • Live 450-Seat Dentistry Arena
  • ColLABoration: Dental Lab for Dental Technicians
  • Implant Expo & Technology Pavilion

What’s new this year? Greater NY Dental Meeting invites people to join the official “Ribbon Cutting” of the Inaugural 2014 World Implant EXPO on Sunday, November 30, 1:30 p.m. on the Exhibit Floor Classroom 1, Aisle 2000, as well as the Opening Day Reception following the completion of Sunday’s program at 5:15 p.m

While traveling, take your show on the road with the GNYDM 2014 Mobile App- get breaking news, win cool prizes and join the conversation with the official hashtag #GNYDM.

Stay safe with turkey, stay away from sticky situations

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Intern

Some Thanksgiving table traditions can affect your oral health, but there are some simple ways you can help battle cavities while still enjoying your favorite holiday trimmings.

Try to pair carb-heavy foods (stuffing, rolls, pies, cakes) with some protein (turkey). This helps to counteract some of the acids produced when sugars and bacteria in the mouth come together.

Limit your consumption of sticky foods. These foods take longer to chew, meaning they stay in the mouth longer and increase cavity risk.

Gum brand travel brush with dome trim features antibacterial protected bristles to keep brush cleaner between uses and a snap-lock cap/handle extension. Gentle tongue cleaner helps to gently remove odor-causing bacteria. Available at Benco.com. https://shop.benco.com/Product/4735-815/gum-travel-toothbrush-pk12

Gum brand travel brush with dome trim features antibacterial protected bristles to keep brush cleaner between uses and a snap-lock cap/handle extension. Gentle tongue cleaner helps to gently remove odor-causing bacteria. Available at Benco.com.
https://shop.benco.com/Product/4735-815/gum-travel-toothbrush-pk12

Don’t forget to carry a travel toothbrush with you to your Thanksgiving meal destination. If for some reason you can’t brush your teeth, rinse with water to rid of debris and acids in your mouth.

Finally, (even though we all know it’s hard to do) try not to graze so much because every time you do, it is adding more acids.

By following these simple holiday dental care tips, provided by Best Dentist News, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy while still enjoying all of your favorite holiday foods!

PS: Another friendly reminder, include your five major food groups :

  • Milk:– Great in mashed potatoes.
  • Meat: –Plain old turkey or ham.
  • Grains: – Stuffing and warm bread drizzled with butter.
  • Vegetables: – Yummy yams and broccoli casserole.
  • Fruits: –Cranberry sauce and delicious fruit salad.

To view more visit http://dentistry.about.com/od/dentalhealth/a/thanksgiving.htm

Having a bad day? Spare a thought for two dentists who have seen it all.

By Brian Dawson/Incisal Edge Managing Editor

Through no fault of their own, two San Diego–area dentists have become catastrophe-preparedness experts. In just the past decade, their practice has been battered by two fires, a major water leak and, this past spring, a car that crashed through their storefront and came to rest in their waiting room.

Take it from Drs. Roger Moynihan and Amy Jessel, the husband-and-wife team behind Mission Family Dentistry in Oceanside, California: Both preparedness and after-the-fact smarts are key.

• KNOW YOUR COVERAGE INSIDE AND OUT. “Be sure your insurance is adequate and that you know what you have,” Dr. Jessel says.

• HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN. Only once, after the first fire in 2004, did Mission have to relocate; they worked from a temporary space nearby for eight months.

• A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IS INVALUABLE. “When people ask us about our bad luck, I like to think we actually have a guardian angel hovering over us,” Dr. Jessel says.

• ANY ACCIDENT OFFERS A PREPAREDNESS TEMPLATE FOR NEXT TIME. None of the four incidents was Mission Family Dentistry’s fault; the practice is in a strip mall, and the two fires and the water leak all started in nearby businesses.

Read the complete interview in the latest issue of dental lifestyle magazine Incisal Edge: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2bc2b9ad#/2bc2b9ad/26