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?

Soon to be 100 years halitosis-free.


No, they don’t simulate bad breath, but dental models created in Lancaster, Pennsylvania arrive at dental schools complete with tartar, gum disease, or ready for a root canal.

Selling over one billion teeth per year, Columbia Dentoform even offers feline and canine “patient simulators” for dental students.

Forty-one year employee Director of Sales Philip Briales (who tells his granddaughters he works for the tooth fairy!) recently offered a glimpse of the handcrafted nature of the business to

Cranking out chompers for just a few years – 2017 will mark their centennial – this company was decades ahead of the gender neutral concept.

“We didn’t want to put an gender in the manikin, so this could be anybody. The design of it is based on what an average human would look like…” Briales explained to

Go ahead and rekindle those dental school memories. Make it your Monday must-see:



How does Tooth Fairy Design nurture your sentimental side? The business of baby teeth.


Spoiler alert: Details about my childhood tooth fairy will be revealed.

In my 20s, while helping prepare for a family holiday dinner, while securing a formal tablecloth from my mom’s bureau drawer, I stumbled across a collection of what appeared to be tiny fragments of discolored teeth.

Years prior I had solidified that a tooth fairy – or at least my tooth fairy – shared the same last name as me and owned my childhood home. What I didn’t realize was that after depositing currency under my pillow, my mom Gloria had saved a good portion of the baby teeth she retrieved.


Though not my baby teeth, a similar collection.

Finding her secret stash of tiny teeth prompted a sentimental moment, but it was easy to see why she hadn’t made a charm bracelet out of the rotted little corpses.

When a colleague at Benco Dental emailed me a blog tip about Tooth Fairy Designs®, a company that produces jewelry designed to create unique settings for specially processed baby teeth, it seemed worth sharing.

Tooth Fairy Design website explains: “In the United States and elsewhere, it is common for parents to save, at least for a while, the exfoliated baby teeth of their children as a keepsake of their childhood and development. The typical storage means is a small envelope, or decorative box. There are several disadvantages associated with dry storage of the exfoliated baby teeth… the small teeth will continue to dry out, and become more fragile and brittle with time… and of course, their natural geometry combined with bloodstains lacks the display appeal of photographs, gifts, letters, and other memorabilia.”

The problem solving Tooth Fairies patented processing steps to create jewelry and home accessory items from a child’s baby teeth.

“Once disinfected, cleaned and solidified, the tiny teeth show their amazing luster like little pearls.”


The Tooth Fairy’s Baby Tooth Bank™

If you’re like my mom and simply want to save the little chicklets for posterity, the possibilities are endless. Options range from The Toothfairy’s Baby Tooth Bank™  ($22.79,, which arrives in a silver gift box and provides a “special place to store baby teeth and tooth fairy money, plus record memorable dates.”

Or if a piece of wearable art that allows you to display these little gems-to-be appeals to you, Tooth Fairy Designs® offers options of earrings, pendants, charms and more, which range in price from $240 -$650+


“Boy Charm,” from Tooth Fairy Designs®, $240, plus tax.

Learn more at:



How can your #toothies and tooth art bring mobile dentistry to children in Michigan?


There was a toothquake, that caused a toothfall and now there is a cascade of Michigan-made molars tumbling from the second story window of Preservation Dental in downtown Northville – 3,333 to be exact. The eye-catching art installation (shown) has drawn supporters from all over all over the world.

The exhibit, the brainchild of Dr. William Demray, founder of Preservation Dental aims to inspire others to join in the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” contest. When you donate $20 to enter, a portion of any donation will benefit the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Dental School Community Outreach Program. Their Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic 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 February 10-12, 2017 – National Children’s Dental Health Month – 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


    Be like this young artist and create an “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece.”

    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


Snap a “toothie” (aka selfie) at a landmark and post/Tweet it on Instagram or Twitter @toothfall. 

Twitter @toothfall – then pass it on to someone else you think will “play along”.

Take it one step further – sign your tooth, add your location, the date and return it to Preservation Dental for their exhibit in February.  They will return your tooth to you at the end of February, as long as you provide accurate contact information.

Dr. Demray recognizes he has been privileged to serve the needs of his patients in the community of Northville – now he hopes to pay it forward by raising money for children everywhere who do not have regular access to preventative dental care.

The dental community has reached out, making donations and distributing teeth to patients, adopting art classes in neighborhood schools, mailing them to family and friends across the country and beyond.

As for the  molar masterpiece at Preservation Dental, Dr. Demray frequently is asked “How did the teeth get here?” His response: “The story begins with the Tooth Fairy building a new warehouse at an undisclosed location in Northville.” For complete details visit

Read more about the project:



Do you take your toothpaste for granted? Decide after a snippet of science.


Unless your cupboards are stocked with chalk, glycerin, xylitol, and peppermint oil, and you’ve got National Geographic host George Zaidan@georgezaidan on standby, you might want to forgo making toothpaste in your home chemistry lab (aka kitchen).

You may decide to give your morning mouth refresher three cheers — and an extra


Take a minute to show some love for your toothpaste!

squeeze — after watching creative chemist Zaidan re-create the bathroom basic using only natural ingredients.

For a National Geographic video series, Ingredients (New episodes premiere every Thursday on National Geographic’s YouTube channel!) the MIT-trained chemist and science educator attempts to assemble everyday household products like lipstick, shaving cream, and toothpaste.

Watch as Zaidan tackles the long list of intimidating chemical names, figures out what they all do, finds natural substitutes, and whips it all together — sans recipe — to create his own homemade toothpaste: