Give the gift of fresh breath to yourself and those around you.


Smelling your own breath, described by as “anatomically challenging” might become a little less difficult if you add Mint to your holiday wish list.

The FDA-approved class I medical device ($99, from Breathometer) not only claims to alert you to your potentially malodorous mouth fumes, it also  “works with your smartphone to help you understand and improve your oral health,” according to the Mint website.



Q: How can a ‘canine’ tooth help children?

Clockwise, from top left: A blank slate, and Benco Dental associate entries receiving the most associate votes: 2nd Place, "Iron Tooth," created by Benco Dental's Tech Support team, 3rd Place, a Harry Potter - inspired display, by Christina Hernandez & Lauren Rusen, and 1st Place, "Tooth Story" by Dane Bower.

A. When it’s decorated like Slinky Dog (shown above) as part of the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition.

Now through February 10-12, 2017 -– National Children’s Dental Health Month  —  you can enter a juried art competition, the brainchild of Dr. William Demray, founder of Preservation Dental in Northville, Michigan, and support the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Dental School Community Outreach Program.

When you donate $20 to decorate a tooth and enter the contest, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the (UDM) Dental School Community Outreach Program efforts to educate parents and children about good oral hygiene. Donations also will support the program’s  Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic , which reaches out to children who cannot get to the dentist.

How can you participate?

  1. Donate $20 to get your own Michigan-made molar. Click here to participate:
    Then create your Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece and enter it in the juried art competition that will take place – in Northville, MI. (You do not need to be in or from Michigan to enter.)
    Prizes: The grand prize for the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” winning tooth-artist 12
    years of age-and-under is $371.00. The prize for the winning tooth-artist 13 years of age or older is $1,111.00.
  2. Not artistic? You can support the effort to bring the mobile dental unit to a school in need, by simply making a donation – and still get your own tooth. Join the troupe of traveling teeth.  Supporters are invited to take the tooth around their hometown – snap a few #toothies at a landmark (aka selfies) and post/tweet them on Instagram or Twitter @toothfall – then pass it on to someone else you think will “play along”.

Last week, the Benco Family Foundation participated by donating to the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition and inviting Benco Dental associates at the home office of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, in Pittston, Pennsylvania to “Decorate a Tooth & Make A Difference.”

At Benco Dental, contest entries that received the most associate votes (shown above, and below) earned prizes sponsored by the company, and will be entered into the national contest through Preservation Dental and displayed at the Northville Square Mall in February 2017 for National Children’s Dental Health Month.


Clockwise, from top left: A blank slate, Benco Dental associate entries receiving the most associate votes: 2nd Place, “Iron Tooth,” created by Benco Dental’s Tech Support team, 3rd Place, a Harry Potter – inspired display, by Christina Hernandez & Lauren Rusen, and 1st Place, “Tooth Story” by Dane Bower.

For complete details on the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” contest, visit

Read more about the project:


Want to know why is celebrating?


Cue JT’s Can’t Stop This Feeling, disco ball, and balloon drop. You get the idea, we’re excited.

Though our 3rd birthday is still a few weeks away, the team @The_Daily_Floss received the ideal present: We’ve been nominated in the Best Local Blogger category of the Electric screenshot-2016-11-11-16-49-41City Best of 2016. The readers’ poll curated by Northeast Pennsylvania newspaper Electric City, invites voters to choose local winners from favorites within nine specific categories.

Each day of the year (all 365 of ’em) we find fulfillment in delivering you all the news that’s fit to post about dentistry. The fact that Floss readers took the time to celebrate us puts us nearly at a loss for words. (As you can tell from our posts, that takes a lot.)

However, four words that come to mind: Thank you. Keep Flossing.
Remember, the best present you can give yourself is practicing good oral health habits.

If you enjoy Flossing – or — feel free to cast a vote on our behalf in the Electric City Best of 2016 Best Local Blogger category.  You can vote for Kristie Ceruti, aka MolarMuse, between now and November 18 at:

Bon Appetit shares some shocking Halloween tales from dentists.


Whether offering candy buy-backs, dressing up as the tooth fairy’s husband or handing out sticks of Xylitol gum, most dentists agree on one piece of Halloween advice: stay away from the hard stuff (hard candies or overly sticky candies that are notorious for fracturing teeth or pulling out fillings and crowns.)

In this month’s Bon Appetit, reporter Rachel Tepper Paley asked “five molar-minded souls” aka dentists from around the country, to weigh in on how they handle the Halloween, which she aptly describes as “a holiday devoted to society-sanctioned cavity worship”


Read her entertaining – and sometimes shocking- exposé:

To Dracula: Nothing for you here. To everyone with garlic breath: Keep reading, please.


We’re all about healthy habits at, especially as they relate to tooth brushing and flossing. But a little natural help to eliminate halitosis never hurts.

According to, eating some raw foods may help reduce garlic breath. In a study completed at Ohio State University whose results were published in the September issue of the Journal of Food Science:

“Researchers gave participants three grams of softneck garlic cloves to chew for 25 seconds, and then water (control), raw, juiced or heated apple, raw or heated lettuce, raw or juiced mint leaves, or green tea were consumed immediately.”

Which foods took a bite out of garlic breath? How did green tea fare? Read the full story for the science behind the results:

The real question: If Dracula – and vampires- can’t smell your garlic breath, does it still ward off their attacks?