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

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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.

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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.”

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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, benco.com), 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+

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

Learn more at: https://toothfairydesigns.com/fashion

 

 

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

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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: http://toothfairyoverstock.com/getyourowntooth/
    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

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    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

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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 Toothfairyoverstock.com.

Read more about the project: http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/september/tumbling-teethhttp://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/september/tumbling-teeth

 

 

How can you get GLO-ing and Sinsational reviews?

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Spend an evening giving back.
At a recent #TheLucyHobbsProject give-back event hosted by Jennifer Schau DDS (shown in dental chair) in Saginaw, Michigan,  more than 20 attendees not only supported the Dress for Success Foundation with 50 items of professional women’s clothing, but also reviewed tooth whitening options for patients with tooth sensitivity.
 
The #GloScience and #SinsationalSmiles teams demonstrated in-office and take-home offerings and whitened Dr. Schau’s normally sensitive teeth, as well as other attendees’ teeth, with positive results: no sensitivity, and brighter, whiter smiles!
 

GLO Science and Sinsational Smiles supported the event, and Dentsply, Premier and Benco Brands provided materials for demonstrations.

Leslie Ytkin and Jennifer Vasquez from Glo offered complete demos of both in-office and take-home systems, including re-training Friendly Benco Rep Jennifer Ireland CDA, RDA, BS (shown whitening the teeth of her patient, Dr. Schau) fully on their system. 

Lisa Campagna from Sinsational Smiles demonstrated her system by whitening the teeth of three attendees with great results and no sensitivity.

“We whitened Dr. Schau’s teeth. She was already light (B1) but the goal was to demonstrate the lack of sensitivity as she’s normally super sensitive. She had none, lightened a couple of shades, and brightened her smile immensely,” said Ireland, who organized the event with Benco Dental’s Threasa Liddell and The Lucy Hobbs Project’s Kathleen Bird.

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Why stain-free teeth can be more than just a memory.

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Anything that can stain a white T-shirt will also stain teeth — and you’ve probably shared that warning – along with common culprits of extrinsic stains (coffee, tea, red wine, soda, berries – and smoking) with your patients.

Though these causes discoloration and darkening, leaving patients looking older than they really are, they are the easiest stains to manage and correct.

A healthy routine of brushing and flossing, along with a whitening treatment plan from you, will help your patients achieve their most beautiful, healthy and confident smiles. 

GLO Science, created by Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, presents the perfect solution for stain-removal and on-the-go whitening, anywhere, any time: GLO Professional In-Office Whitening.

As a follow-up, PRO to Go is an excellent stabilizer and maintenance tool that allows ab8f13b0-81da-4090-95ae-a42286a172e1patients to drink coffee and tea during the 24 hour post-procedure wait period. According to GLO Science, they are able to paint on some PRO to Go after drinking or eating to prevent stains from seeping into the enamel layers.   

Even regarding intrinsic stains, which occur inside the teeth and can develop during a tooth’s formative years or as teeth age (studies show that our teeth darken at least two shades every decade!), whitening can make a significant difference.

Monitor your patients’ enamel health by taking a shade at every hygiene visit and you can then recommend whitening, veneers or cosmetic restorations based on recorded enamel changes. 

Learn more about GLO Science Professional In-Office Whitening and PRO TO GO today through your Friendly Benco Dental Rep at 1.800.GOBENCO.

According to GLO Science, PRO TO GO is specially formulated for a gentle, even, and easy whitening and stain removal experience and great for younger patients (ages 14-21) and those with sensitivity. 

For more information about the science of staining, click here to read the GLO Science White Paper

 

How one dental professional rides to obliterate cancer.

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Five years ago Bob Pattillo thought he’d try out road cycling as a low-impact form of exercise.

One month ago today, the 25-year dental industry professional headed out on two wheels to Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula for 150-miles of beautiful Puget Sound vistas and challenging terrain (10,000 feet of elevation!)

His motivation: supporting those in his world affected by cancer through Obliteride®, a two-day fundraiser in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington that benefits the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

 

The Benco Dental Equipment Specialist from Seattle created a video documenting his

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Bob Pattillo and his mom.

experience and paying tribute to the many inspiring cancer patients in his life, among them, his mom.

View Bob Pattillo’s Obliteride video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNMLXaF9Wi8

Learn more about how you can support the cause: http://www.fredhutch.org/en/about/about-the-center.html or participate in the next Obliteride®: http://www.obliteride.org/blog