This nose news is no Pinocchio tale.


A nasal spray can help patients avoid pain at the dentist,  according to Knowridge Science Report. 

According to the report, Mark Kollar, co-founder of  St. Renatus, the company that developed Kovanaze, or K305, experienced a basketball injury that garnered him 21 stitches.

The rest is history, according to the report:

“A fellow player happened to be an ear nose and throat specialist, who placed the sutures and also diagnosed Kollar with a deviated nasal septum.

The ENT performed the septum repair and, when Kollar returned to his office for a follow-up visit, gave him a nasal spray containing tetracaine to remove a nasal stent.

Once the stent was removed, Kollar noticed his teeth were numb. The ENT said a few other patients had reported the same sensation.

Kollar, who happened to be a practicing dentist, went to his office to test his teeth with a dental electronic pulp stimulator and found that they were indeed numb.”

Kovanaze received FDA approval on June 29.

Learn more about its Phase 3 clinical trial and hear from the study’s lead author, Elliot V. Hersh, a professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery/pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine:

Taking Children’s Dental Health Month by storm, Twitter storm, that is.


Today, Michigan Caries Prevention Program @MI_Teeth is hosting an all-day Twitter Storm, featuring Professor Floss and Coach Brush at Floss University, shown. In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, they’re sharing the importance of children’s oral health.

There’s still time to join the conversation.

To participate in the Twitter Storm:  use any of the tweets listed featured at the link below, or  craft your own using the hashtag #FlossU.

Get the details here: 



Looking for a virtual dental art gallery? Dr. Larry Emmott’s got you covered.


Regarding dental technology, Dr. Larry Emmott brings a range of knowledge to the table.

With his blog, Emmott on Technology, this dental high tech authority since 2005 has been fulfilling his mission of “helping dentists make good technology choices.”

In addition to publishing high tech guides, sharing his talents as a practicing general dentist for over 30 years of experience and offering his knowledge as an acclaimed speaker, he’s also sharing his passion for dental art with the masses via Pinterest.

For several years, Dr. Emmott’s been curating a virtual gallery of depictions of all things dental, such as Graphite Teeth, shown here. View his gallery on Pinterest:

Share dental art with Dr. Emmott and gain dental technology wisdom at:

Don’t let bad breath stand in the way of your Valentine’s kiss.


Who better than the American Dental Association to offer a primer for Valentine’s Day smooches?

The clock is ticking, but there’s still time to check out the ADA’s 6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day :

Because they’re extra thoughtful, and they realize the schedule challenges faced by dental professionals, the association also created clever printable Valentine’s Day cards to make your sweetheart swoon.screenshot-2017-02-14-18-05-26

Dentist, composer, motorcyclist: How one grandmother’s pioneering spirit lives on through her Sol.

Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo, shown, the only woman in her dental class in 1928, and the first female dentist in the Brazilian city of Recife Pernambuco, earned recognition later in life for her work as a composer and musician.

During Sol Figueiredo’s first visit to a dental museum tucked in the mountains of Pennsylvania, she did not expect to be overcome with emotion.

When the Brazilian interior designer and architect walked past a dental operatory representing the 1900-1940 era, her eyes filled with tears.



Sol Figueiredo reminisces over dental instruments similar to those used by her grandmother, who in 1928 was the first female in her Brazilian city to earn a dental degree. (Eric Larsen/ Benco Dental)

Sol Figueiredo, who recently joined the CenterPoint Design staff of Benco Dental at its Orange County, California location, stopped in her tracks on a tour of the company’s home office in Pittston, Pa.

What caught her eye? Dental instruments similar to those used by her grandmother nearly 90 years ago in Brazil.

Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo was the only female dentist in her graduating class in 1928, and the first female dentist in the Brazilian city of Recife Pernambuco.

“I feel so close to her,” said Sol Figueiredo, of her paternal grandmother.

“She graduated in 1928 from dental school, and I’m in her world. It is so inspiring.”

Sol noted that her grandmother (shown above), in addition to establishing a dental practice and raising three children with her husband, earned national recognition in Brazil as a musician and composer.

“In 1954, she won a competition and her music was featured on the radio. During an interview they asked her how a woman in her time could be a dentist, a composer, drive a motorcycle?”


Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo, center, is interviewed in 1954 by RÁDIO NACIONAL for her work as a composer and musician. (Courtesy Sol Figueiredo)

Sol explained, “If there was something in her way, it wasn’t a problem, because she was very focused. She didn’t care what people said about her. She just lived her life intensely.”

Though Dr. Margarida died 12 years ago at the age of 98, Sol recalls the vibrancy with which her grandmother lived even in later years, when she resided with Sol’s parents and siblings in their home.

At age 18, Sol admired her 88-year-old grandmother’s zest for life.

“She was always singing,  reciting poems and telling people stories. It’s something that never leaves my mind: She never felt old.”

Mirroring that energy,  Sol, by age 28, had earned degrees in architecture and interior design from the Instituto Medotista Bennett College, collaborated with noted architects Andrea Chicharo and the late Eduardo Pinho, and established a successful design firm in Rio de Janeiro: Sol Figueiredo Interiors.


Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo, in 1928, aa she earns her degree in dentistry.

She relocated to the United States in 2005, where she met her husband Blue Michael Plante. They live today today in Corona, California with their daughter Yasmin, 5.

After her departure from Brazil, Sol took heart when her father, Fernando Antonio Menezes de Figueiredo, told her, “You’re like my mom, you’re not afraid to go away to learn.”

Sol explained,”I’m the first generation of my family in America,”

In her new position with Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design team, Sol said she finds a unique opportunity to channel the legacy of her grandmother, Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes.

“I’m proud that I’m going to be working in her field. I just think, ‘If she was alive today and young, what would she would be capable of doing?'”


Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo the only woman in her dental class (shown), and the first female dentist in the Brazilian city of Recife Pernambuco.