Townie Choice Awards laud 2019 winners in 10 dental categories

Dentaltown, an interactive healthcare community working to connect dentists to peers, dental service providers and manufacturers, invites its readers, fans, followers to weigh in with their opinions.

The message boards at, according to their social media profile, feature more than 245,000 members discussing “all things dental (and some things not)” including online CE and monthly polls to show what’s trending in dentistry.

The result of one annual poll: the Townie Choice Awards.

Winners who earned top honors for 2019 in 10 major categories — Office Equipment, Restorative Dentistry, Implantology, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, Radiology, Dental Hygiene & Periodontics, Practice Management, Infection Control — are spotlighted in the December digital and print editions.

Dentaltown features its
Townie Choice Awards in
the December, 2019 issue.

According to, earlier this year, their readers voted for favorite products, services and equipment—”the elements that make their lives easier, their practices more productive, and their staff and patients happier.”

Look for the winners in the December issue of Dentaltown Magazine or click here to view voting results.

Where did it all begin?

Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, the founder and owner of and Dentaltown magazine, has practiced dentistry at Today’s Dental in the Phoenix metro area for more than 30 years. In the past three years, Incisal Edge magazine ranked him among the 32 most influential people in dentistry. Thomas Giacobbi, DDS, FAGD is Editorial Director at Dentaltown Magazine.

“Before there was Facebook, there was
— and in the two decades since he launched dentistry’s first and still-leading social platform, Dr. Farran’s brainchild has expanded into a video library of some 420 continuing-education courses with a half-million viewers, and a Dentaltown app that puts more than 60 oral-health-related podcasts in 65,000 listeners’ ears. A thousand new users join every month.”

Incisal Edge magazine (2019 summer edition)

Dr. Farran has lectured internationally on the business of dentistry since 1990, and in 1999, released “Your 30-Day Dental MBA” series, which is available on YouTube and iTunes. This prolific influencer publishes a monthly “Howard Speaks” column in Dentaltown magazine, and produces a world-renowned podcast series Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran, which has released more than 1,000 episodes and has been downloaded more than 5 million times.

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One-Day Dental MBA, Cannabis Culture and Dentistry … these topics and more are all part of a May 3 CE event in PA

Renowned dental experts, including Dr. Howard Farran, will convene in Northeast Pennsylvania on Friday, May 3 to share knowledge with lecture topics as varied as “The Fearless Dental Team,” “Cannabis Culture and Dentistry,” “Win the Insurance Game,” “Oxygen, Please,” and “One-Day Dental MBA”.

Dental professionals will gain CE credits and unique insight from Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, Leslie Icenogle, Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA and Kay Huff RDA at the 2019 Spring Fling sponsored by Benco Dental at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

For details, call 1.800.GOBENCO.

Want a sneak preview?

Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.25.29Dr. Farran’s “One-Day Dental MBA” lecture explains how to help build a remarkable dental office that will make a difference to the community. Spend the day learning practical hands-on applications that can be immediately translated to a dental practice team.

During “Win the Insurance Game,” Leslie Icenogle invites dental teams to maximize reimbursement for services rendered by discussing accurate coding and required supporting documentation, prompt filing and follow-up, common posting errors, inaccuracies in explanation of benefits and improper denials.
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Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA presents “Cannabis Culture and Dentistry” and “Oxygen, Please!”  The first discussion focuses on a rapid change in recent years in both public opinion and reported science concerning marijuana use and its effects.  The course will take a closer look at the changing Cannabis Culture:

What is the difference between hemp, and marijuana, THC and CBD? What about medical vs. recreational use? Methods of ingesting marijuana will be discussed, with their effects on the oral cavity. What are preventive oral health strategies dental professionals can utilize to best protect patients?

Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.38.32Jaecks’ second presentation aims to empower health care professionals to make positive choices for their physical and mental selves, resulting in better care for the patients they serve. Taking a cue from the American Nurses Association’s campaign Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ , health promotion strategies from this course will center on four focus areas: physical activity, sleep, nutrition, and quality of life. Healthy practitioners better ensure healthier patients.

In “The Fearless Dental Team,” Kay Huff, RDA asks the vital questions:

Are you afraid that your patients or your team won’t accept change? Does every decision your office makes revolve around the “what-ifs”?

She then reaffirms the concepts that it is vital to have a vision and share it. It’s OK to ask Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.41.30your patients for money and get paid. It’s OK not to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

She directs attendees to “Push fear aside and discover the success and benefits of a Fearless Dental Team.”


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