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Dr. Badwalz
28 Apr 2015

UC Merced Innovate to Grow Capstone

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UC Merced Capstone


Dr. Badwalz is teaming up with local students from UC Merced to design and innovate a new way to floss. Every year UC Merced hosts an annual showcase of students’ creativity. With fresh minds and Doctor as their mentor, it will be exciting to see where the project goes!

Team 14 – F.A.I.R.E (Personal Automated Flossing)

Sponsor/Mentor: Pearl Family Dentistry

Faculty Lead: Prof. Changqing Li

Flossing daily is a necessary task in maintaining proper dental care. However many neglect the task because it is considered painful and/or time consuming. Because of this there is a high prevalence of periodontitis, a common gum disease, amongst adults in the U.S. that range from mild to severe. Team F.A.I.R.E. (Flossing Automatically with Innovative Removal Efficency) wishes to design a personalized flossing device that can be easily incorporated into a patient’s daily regimen. We hope that the device can replace the tedious and labor intensive task of flossing with a quick, efficient and safe alternative and in doing so reduce the prevalence of periodontitis.

The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.

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