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New Toothpaste for Sensitive Gum Types
Tooth and gum sensitivity are serious business, and if you’re a toothpaste manufacturer you must constantly brush up on your knowledge as to the underlying causes of tooth sensitivity when developing new products. Recently Proctor and Gamble announced release of a new Crest® Gum and Sensitivity...  Read More
3D-Printed Plugs May Revolutionize Implants
Two important things to know about dental implants: First, they are expensive; second, they are prohibitively expensive since most dental plans don’t cover them as a plan benefit. Most insurance carriers consider implants a cosmetic procedure – like liposuction or Botox lip injections.  Free tip:...  Read More
The Successful Roll-out of Henry the Dentist
Once upon a time before dental insurance plans and automobiles, dentists sometimes made house calls. When they did  magazines found in residential “waiting rooms” were probably more current then than those found in dental offices today, but I digress.A husband/wife entrepreneurial team and their...  Read More
This Dentist Loved to Write and Wrote to Live – Part 2
Earlier this month we featured an early 20th century dentist who fantasized about being a full-time writer.  What dental blogger can’t relate to that?! A Passion for Writing Pearl Grey was so passionate about his writing that after graduating from dental school at the University of Pennsylvania, he...  Read More
New Adult Cereal Has Zero Glycemic Sweetener
Remember how much cereal Jerry Seinfeld stocked in his kitchen when the hit 90’s show Seinfeld aired?  Someone with way too much time on their hands counted 17 different varieties of cereal on Jerry’s shelf. If the show still aired today, chances are Jerry would have a box or two of a new cereal...  Read More
This Dentist Lived to Write and Wrote to Live
Once or twice a year in this space we play a game with readers where we share clues about former dentists who earned fame and fortune in other careers and have the readers guess who they are. In , we wrote about the many exploits of Paul Revere and how the ‘midnight rider’ performed the first known...  Read More
Bio-Friendly Dental Implants (Part 2)
Our last blog installment ended just as Emerginnova Founder and President, Michael Foley, was about to share the advantages ceramic implants have over conventional titanium implants. At that point we had to call a timeout but for a good reason – he had a dental appointment.   Just kidding. For...  Read More
Ceramic Implants - A Bio-Friendly Alternative
Since the beginning of time humans have cut their teeth on competition.Exhibit A: In Bible times there was Jacob vs Esau and David vs. Goliath. Exhibit B: In sports, Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier and the New York Yankees vs the Boston Red Sox. Exhibit C: On television we’ve had Oprah vs Martha...  Read More
Artificial Intelligence - Meet Toothbrushing
Unless you are a conscientious objector to new technology, there’s a good chance you rub cyber elbows with artificial intelligence several times daily.Email programs offer spam filters, can prioritize your email and provide automated responses.Smart phones feature smart personal assistants, voice...  Read More
The 2019 Dentin Awards Are Here!
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Feb 2, and you know what that means?  It means television viewers will soon be subjected to four hours of narcissistic preening, posing and posturing when Hollywood celebrates itself and lectures viewers about the latest topic du jour trending on social media. This...  Read More
Dental Therapists and the Dentist Shortage
A few days after Santa Claus had come and gone one state governor presented his state’s residents with a gift of his own.On Dec 27, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a Senate bill into law authorizing dental therapists to perform a variety of routine procedures for patients usually reserved for...  Read More
The Twelve Days of...Dental Coverage?
On the first day of coverage my dentist gave to me:a teeth-friendly tea and coffee. On the second day of coverage my dentist gave to me:two tubes of toothpaste and a teeth-friendly tea and coffee.On the third day of coverage my dentist gave to me:three ® , two tubes of toothpaste and a...  Read More
Happy Holidays - Dental Insurance Store
Are you dreaming of a white teeth Christmas? You will be after viewing our holly, jolly infographic!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all!  Read More
Oral Health Prevention in a Box
Egyptians used it as a soap. Many cultures have used it as a baking powder for centuries. Millions have employed it as an antacid to treat acid indigestion and heartburn.  Millions more have valued it as a scouring powder and odor remover.In short, it’s like a Swiss Army knife in a box.For our...  Read More
Time to Play The Dental Plan Squares
(TV ANNOUNCER) “One of these dental plan benefits performers is sitting in the secret square, and the contestant who picks it first could win cash and an all-expense paid trip to a special Caribbean hideaway! Which benefit is it?"Is it…Penny Prophylaxis, Xavier X-ray, Robbie Resin, Freddie...  Read More
The Dentist Student Turned TV Private Eye
“I’m just a very fortunate fellow I feel to have had the life that I’ve had.  I could have been playing golf every Wednesday in Kansas City, having been a dentist.” – Craig StevensCraig Stevens isn’t the first person we’ve featured in this space who planned a career in dentistry, only to take a...  Read More
A New Breakthrough in Cavity Prevention
In the 1970’s the newest form of tooth cavity prevention included fluoride exposure; specifically, water fluoridation in public water supplies, toothpastes, gels and fluoride varnishes.More recently the natural sugar, Xylitol, was introduced as a cavity prevention tool, most commonly in chewing...  Read More
Processed Carbohydrates Are Hard on Teeth
Depending on whom you ask, a diet rich in carbohydrates is good for you. According to a recent British study though, some carbohydrates are better for your oral health than others.In a study published in the August 2018 Journal of Dental Research, a review of 33 academic papers on starch and oral...  Read More
"Water" You Waiting For? Take the Plunge
Did you know…approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States daily?Children in the first six months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average American adult?Seventy percent of the human brain is comprised of water?We don’t mean to blow anyone out of...  Read More
Egypt's Happy, Healthy Superfood
Riddle: What specialty food has Middle Eastern origins, is packed full of vitamins and minerals, and is one of the 30 most commonly mispronounced foods known today?If you guessed Gyro (Greek origins, pronounced Yee-roh) or Edamame (East Asia origins, pronounced Ed-ah-mah-may), thanks for playing....  Read More
Homemade Toothpaste - in Brush Strokes
Have you noticed how chemical-free products are all the rage? Hormone-free beef, alcohol-free hair spray, no-freon refrigerating products – all these products and many more in the organic food and alternative medicine movements promote the green theme that natural is better.Left unsaid is the fact...  Read More
Toothpic App Offers Dental Care on Demand
Here’s something to smile about: a new dental app that allows users to personally consult with a certified dentist in their area using smart phones and imaging technology. The goal of the Toothpic app is to allow users to instantly consult with certified dentists in their area and share vivid...  Read More
Toothbrush Inventor Has a Grip on Success
There are two main things about entrepreneurship I appreciate: the importance of curiosity and perseverance – Steven Walther, inventor of the Toof-inger toothbrush®.Steven Walther marched away from his military service four years ago to battle in the free enterprise jungle, but many of those...  Read More
"Cheese It" Before Your Next Dental Visit
National Cheese Day was June 4 – or #NationalCheeseDay for social media ninjas.So what’s that got to do with the price of cheese? Just a reminder in the spirit of the occasion that cheese not only tastes good, but it’s also good for teeth.In an earlier study involving 68 kids ranging from 12 to 15,...  Read More
Baby Teething Bites - But Doesn't Have To
Before the terrible twos and the terrifying teenage years parents deal with something just as challenging: the bloodcurdling screams of toddler teething.   "Teething bites” is more than a bad pun or bumper sticker. Teething is a life phase like weaning, potty training and prepping your mini-me for...  Read More
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