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If the condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall wellness, then the folks at Delta Dental of Iowa have geared up on the healthy choices.

Last week, the company Delta Dental of Iowa introduced a program that helps employees select healthier options while they are at work.

In order to kickstart the new program, “Bike at Work,” President Jeff Russell rode his green bike around the company’s headquarters. Delta Dental of Iowa purchased six green bicycles at its home office for employees to use during their breaks and lunchtime. These bikes were bought from the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, which also provides tire pumps, patch kits, and maintenance.

According to The Des Moines Register, Russell stated “Our employees are our most valuable asset, and providing them with ways to make healthy lifestyle choices, reduce stress, and enjoy our community is important to our mission.”

This company is taking the link between oral health and overall health to the next level.

Read the full story: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/community/2015/04/15/delta-dental-bike-work-program/25814331/

Cuff links and tie clasps and studs, oh my.

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Ortho brackets are not just for earrings anymore.

BracketEars, LLC, a company that creates orthodontically-themed jewelry with a mission of giving back, began with earrings and bracelets, but now offers a new line of accessories with men in mind, including cuff links, tie clasps and studs.

Launched in 2012, Bracket Ears, LLC is the brainchild of the Crafton kids, Gigi, McKenzie and Christopher, the children of two dentists in Maryland (Drs. Casey and Lisa Crafton) who treat many treat many patients with autism. Its mission: to give back.

IE17.openbites.MyCharity.BracketEars.FINAL.OK.rev2True to that mission, with the sale of every piece of jewelry, Bracket Ears donate a percentage to  support autism and other worthy causes.  Bracket Ears has broadened its mission to include any worthy cause that would like to partner to raise funds and awareness.  To date,  Bracket Ears  jewelry has been used to support such non profits as Autism Speaks, Bike to the Beach, Howard County Autism Society,  Susan B. Komen, War Dogs, Heart Association.

Read the full story of the Crafton family, who was recently featured in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine:


Tooth-point conversion?

Doppelganger: A tribute to Green Bay Packers legend Ray Nitschke by Randy Domres ahead of the team's clash with the Detroit Lions

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By Alison Majikes / Special to TheDailyFloss.com

Retired football players gain a new line of defense.

Though they might have a decreased risk of their teeth getting knocked out now that they’re off the grid,  former pro football players are receiving an excellent addition to their benefit package.

According to an article on associationsnow.com Pro Football Retired Players Association (PFRPA) is offering a dental plan to 22,000 retired players. The program is being supplied through the Greater Good Fund, which supports health and wellness programs, in addition to several other opportunities for the retirees.

“We are pleased that we will be able to offer this plan to the retired players, to help provide services that are needed by so many,” Pro Football Hall of Fame member and PFRPA board chairman Jim Brown said in a statement. “This is the first of many positive steps we expect to provide to our membership.”

To read about the dental plan being offered and find links to other benefits offered to the retired NFL players: http://associationsnow.com/2015/04/best-benefit-ever-dental-plans-pro-football-retired-players-association/


Award winners walk in the footsteps of Lucy Hobbs

Lucy Hobbs Project Industry Icon Award recipient Dr. Esther M. Wilkins with Benco Dental Business Innovation Coordinator Amanda Ankner.

Though in 1950 she had never taught a class, except Sunday school, Massachusetts native Dr. Esther Wilkins was willing to venture to the Pacific Northwest and lead the first eight students enrolled in the dental hygiene program in Washington.


As keynote speaker for the Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration in June, Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, will describe her journey of fearless leadership as a pioneer in military aviation.

Not garden-variety courage.

It seems apt that The Lucy Hobbs Project® lauds Dr. Wilkins, 98, as one eight Exemplary Members in the Dental Community during its annual celebration, to be held June 4 and 5 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Also serendipitous that some of Dr. Wilkins’ contributions are housed at the National Museum of Dentistry, which will host the two-day event’s opening reception.

As keynote speaker for the June event, Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, will describe her journey of fearless leadership as a pioneer in military aviation.  Her story serves as another contemporary parallel to Lucy Hobbs, who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. Dr. Hobbs was denied access to education based on her gender, but persevered to learn dentistry through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project is a national, long-term program based on three pillars – networking, innovating and giving back.  Named after Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.

Its annual celebration takes the opportunity to honor eight pioneers for change, those who in some way have helped lead the charge for women in dentistry and embody the project goals. Among this year’s Lucy Hobbs Award recipients are seven unique women and one man, whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades:


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  • Luz Marina Aguirre, DMD, Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in NY, NY, leads by example as faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association. As president of the New York chapter ofthe Association, she personally dedicates herself to the reduction of oral health disparities.
  • Nathan Cox, Dixie Regional Manager for Benco Dental, says he feels honored that three Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients have hailed from his part of the world in that number of years. The six-year associate from Huntstville, Alabama appreciates Dr. Hobbs for her underdog status, “She did something no one believed she could do.”
  • Lindsay D. Limbaugh, DMD, MS, a Board Certified Orthodontist, partners in a two-location practice in Huntsville, Alabama. In between implementing treatment innovations professionally, the Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics encourages the next generation, hosting Girl Scouts at her office — even leading a campaign to create a “Dental Awareness” badge.

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  • BB Maboby Bahadarakhann, who dedicates her life to providing services to those in desperate need of oral health assistance, founded SmileOnU in 2013, while working as an oral surgery representative. Born in a refugee camp in Thailand and raised in Chicago, Illinois, BB lives today in Newport Beach, California, where through her nonprofit organization she is able to rebuild smiles in the Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties.
  • Kealy Akin, a Territory Representative from the Dixie Region in Nashville, Tennessee, says that as a working mom of two she gains inspiration daily from female customers who are running successful practices while balancing busy home lives. In just under two years with Benco Dental she has spearheadedseveral Lucy Hobbs Project initiatives in her area.


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  • Amanda Seay, DDS, channeled her early affinity for the arts into a focus on restorative dentistry at the private practice she owns in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Dr. Seay’s family emigrated from Vietnam to the U.S., where she was bornshortly afterward. The challenges that accompanied only served to ignite her thirst for education. As a clinical instructor and Key Opinion Leader for dental companies involved with the beta testing on new products and materials, she continues that quest.
  • Kendra S. Schaefer, DMD, returned to her Midwest roots after graduating from, teaching at and practicing at the prestigious Ivy League University of Pennsylvania. As one of the few Maxillofacial Prosthodontists in the Midwest, she utilizes her expanded skill set to provide treatment in her private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Schaefer continues to share her talents by giving back locally and internationally with Operation Smile, Medical Ministry International and the Academy of Prosthodontics Outreach Program for Native Americans.
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  • Esther Wilkins, BS, RDH, DMD, credits the fortitude her hardworking mother and mentor sister gave her to accomplish what she needed to do with her life. She devised a program of study and created mimeographed handouts that evolved into an up-to-date textbook for the profession of dental hygiene.  The textbook has been used around the world and translated into several languages.  Today, when not working on its 12th edition, Dr. Wilkins shares knowledge amassed throughout a legendary career with students at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated in 1949.
  • Yet another inspirational woman in dentistry will greet participants in the form of North Carolina practitioner Dr. Desiree Walker, who originally competed in 2014 on the NBC television show American Ninja Warrior and was recently invited back for its seventh season, which was shot at Universal Studios, Orlando in May.
  • Throughout the celebration, attendees will be hosted to events at the National Museum of Dentistry and Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, including a Continuing Education opportunity, courtesy of Benco Dental and event sponsors: Kavo Kerr Group and P&G Crest + Oral B.
  • Continuing Education credits will be awarded, at no cost to attendees, via a presentation  “Overcoming Life’s Goliaths and the Power of Vision,” led by Motivational Speaker Dave Weber.  In lieu of a fee to attend this event, attendees are asked to bring an article of in-season interview appropriate apparel to donate to the Dress for Success organization.

Science needs your bacteria

Bad breath? Cavities? Gum Disease? Learn about the 700 kinds of bacteria in your mouth. This The uBiome Team pitch on crowdfunding site indiegogo.com poses questions such as “Why do some people get cavities and not others? What causes bad breath?” in the hopes that curious folk inspired by science will support its research with the purchase of a $79 dental genome kit, among other options.

For your donation, they’ll send you a collection kit, which includes everything needed to sample your dental microbiome. Dental what? (The dental micro biome — bacteria in the mouth — has been linked to dental diseases such as periodontal disease, gingivitis, dental caries, and can even indicate more systemic ailments indirectly.)

With $32,802 raised by 150 people in 25 days, they are off to a solid start.

The uBiome Team suggests other ways you can help:

  • Post a photo of your teeth, bacteria, or anything uBiome related with the hashtag #uBiomeDental on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. They will pick weekly winners of “awesome uBiome schwag.”
  • Get your dentist involved. Tell her or him about the campaign and how uBiome is trying to revolutionize dental health. Buy him/her a kit to say thank you for all those root canals and fillings.