Where does award-winning practice design begin? For Dr. Holly Ellis: “smiling patients”.


Each day when Dr. Holly Ellis enters her newly constructed dental practice on Big Bend Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri, she is greeted by her most cherished aspect of the design: smiling patients.

“My favorite design feature is the 24-by-36-inch black and white framed photos of patients (shown above) that hang in our hallways. They each have a photo light directed at them. They highlight why we do what we do, their smiles say it all,” says the 36-year-old Kirkwood resident.


Home stretch. In June, 2015, Dr. Ellis showed excitement as the new construction project neared completion.

Recently, she learned Ellis Dental is being honored as one of the Outstanding New Dental Practices by Wells Fargo Practice Finance, Dental Economics, ADA Business Resources and the American Dental Association in their Dental Office Design Competition.


“I love my new office,” said Dr. Ellis, recipient of St. Louis Best Dentist Award annually since 2012.

One year ago in September, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the date that the  Ellis Dental team and its 1,900 patients relocated to more than 3,200 square feet of office space. 

“I was fortunate that I worked with a very detailed architect, contractor, and equipment specialist,” said Dr. Ellis, who advises other doctors constructing a practice to surround themselves with people they trust. She credited her team with finishing on time with zero change orders.

“We spent a good 18 months planning (from selecting a good agent, architect, and contractor). After taking a course from Mike Unthank, I had a clear vision for my project. We actually started with him before selecting our space. We then knew what to look for.  I was influenced by my dental consultants (Mosaic Management Group) as well as many of the offices I toured when visiting Unthank Design Group in Nebraska)….

Benco Dental was a huge support during the entire process. My Territory Rep Randi Miller kept in touch throughout the entire project and made sure to get me in touch with the proper people. Equipment Specialist Chad Wind was absolutely awesome! He took my husband (Justin) and I to one of Benco’s Centerpoint Design Showrooms. This process was invaluable. This allowed me to try out every patient chair and piece of equipment prior to making my selections. He spent this time devoted to us and assisting us with any questions.”


Eighteen months of planning with trusted advisors resulted in an on-time finish and results that recently garnered Ellis Dental a prestigious design award.

Innovative solutions on the design front, as well as the seamless incorporation of technology provided unexpected advantages.

 “The back business area has proven to be one of the best design solutions. It has allowed team members the space, organization, and privacy for calls and emails regarding treatment, referrals, ordering and follow-up,” said Dr. Ellis.

“Our top technology feature would have to be the use of the Nomad. It saves so much space and time with its compact size, portability, and ease of use.” 

Advance preparation proved vital to a successful new construction process, and at the end of the day, it factors hugely into the practice’s continued success.

“In our previous office we did not have a staff room,” said Dr. Ellis.  “We now have a staff room space where we can gather around a table and large screen for our huddles and team meetings. This allows us to properly prepare for our day in a more organized manner.” 

DESIGN CREDITS: Photographer: Jim Monsour, Justin Ellis, Holly Ellis. Interior Design: Unthank Design Group. Contractor: Steffle and Sons. Architect: Unthank Design Group. Dental Designer: Unthank Design Group and Benco Dental. Equipment Specialist: Chad Wind, Benco Dental. Friendly Benco Rep: Randi Miller



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


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

According to ScienceDaily.com, 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: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160923083806.htm

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

Searching for convenience in your busy day? Incisal Edge read your mind.


The nation’s only dental lifestyle magazine inspires dentists wherever their busy lives take them.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime.

With a new web presence, incisaledgemagazine.com , Incisal Edge invites readers to enjoy the convenience of a mobile platform – including the ability to nominate dentists for the four signature contests featured annually within the magazine’s pages.

Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 — Celebrates the 40 top dentists in America age 40 and under.

Edison Awards™ — Recognizes innovation in dentistry in conjunction with the globally recognized honors that are named for Thomas Alva Edison.

Incisal Edge Design Competition — Features the most architecturally striking dental practices.

The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards — Highlights the women who are making the biggest difference in their community  and dentistry.

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on every cover of Incisal Edge, are the main themes guiding editorial content. Known for it’s 40 Under 40 America’s Best Young Dentiststhe national magazine in 2014, reached more than 40,000 dental professionals and their staffs. The introduction of a subscription option has expanded the magazine’s readership to 100,000 dental offices across the U.S.

View Incisal Edge online today at: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/
and connect with the magazine online on Facebook and Twitter @theincisaledge.

Chew on this (for 20 minutes after eating).

Bazooka Sugar Free (PRNewsFoto/Bazooka Candy Brands)

Sixty pieces of sugar free gum, a pull-out comic that features a variety of games and puzzle, and help in the cavity-prevention efforts – that’s what’s popping at Bazooka Candy Brands.

Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of The Topps Company, Inc., brings innovation to the confectionery space with the introduction of Bazooka Sugar Free Gum.  It is accredited by the American Dental Association and is the winner of the “Most Innovative New Product” in the Gum/Mints category at the 2016 National Confectioners Association Sweet & Snacks Expo.

According to the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs, who earlier this year awarded the ADA Seal to Bazooka Sugar Free Bubble Gum, in both its original and “blue razz” flavors:

“The Council awarded the Seal ‘based on its finding that the physical action of chewing Bazooka Sugar Free Bubble Gum for 20 minutes after eating stimulates saliva flow, which helps to prevent cavities by reducing plaque acids and strengthening teeth.’

To earn the Seal, a company must submit material lists for review and demonstrate that the product meets ADA requirements for product safety and efficacy and ADA-developed dental standards. The product undergoes rigorous investigation, including evaluation of scientific data from clinical and laboratory testing.”

Bazooka is one of 10 sugar free gums that have been awarded the ADA Seal. View the others at: http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/september/dont-burst-that-bubblehttp://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/september/dont-burst-that-bubble

To see the complete list of ADA Seal-accepted over-the-counter products, visit ADA.org/seal.


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, 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+


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

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