Georgia dentists start the holidays season with ‘Smiles’

"We are going to bring hope and healing to as many people as we possibly can this day," said Scott A. Brown DDS of the second annual "Smiles for the Holidays." Photo courtesy:

Teaming up today with Dr. Scott A. Brown, DDS to provide free dental work to those who need care but cannot afford it are Dr. Michael Beckerman, Dr. Paul Shepherd, Dr. David Boag, Benco Dental, Dr. Fulton Lewis III, Dr. Steven King, and Dr. John Pritchett of Oral Surgery Associates. Brown said a number of dental hygienists are also volunteering to clean teeth during the event.

Family Dentistry at 2093 Jonesboro Road in McDonough will host its second annual Smiles for the Holidays event November 22, beginning at 6 a.m., with a day of free dental services, according to

“We worked for 17 hours last year (shown above),” said Brown. “The feedback was incredible. There were a lot of tears, thank-yous and hugs.”

He told the “My last patient, it was her 75th birthday and I started working on her at 9 p.m.,” he said. “She had been there since 6 a.m. I pulled four teeth on her, which would have been $800 to $1,000. I said, ‘This is probably not how you want to spend your birthday.’ She said, ‘Are you kidding? This is the best present I could have gotten.’”


Hermey the Dentist gets his (postage) due.

Four characters from the television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are being featured on U.S. Postal Service stamps for the 2014 holiday season. Photo Courtesy U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

The Statue of Liberty, Albert Einstein, Elvis – through the years, these national treasures  joined the ranks of countless others whose images decorate the United States Postal Service’s precious commodity: postage stamps.

But have any received the rank of Dental Do Gooder?

Don’t think so.

After 50 years of dreaming about becoming a dentist and promoting good dental health to his friend Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and everyone in the North Pole, Hermey the Elf was not only featured on a Forever stamp, but also recently named a DDG—Dental Do Gooder, that is, by the president of the American Dental Association (ADA).

In honor of Hermey’s DDG designation, the ADA’s website,, features a fun dental health quiz for families, plus a separate sweepstakes drawing to win a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer prize package. Free downloadable coloring book pages featuring Hermey and good dental health tips also appear on the ADA’s

The animated classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” tells the tale of how Rudolph and Hermey were initially rejected by their peers for being different, yet they go on to triumph when they show that their differences make them unique and helpful to their community. The program airs Tuesday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Earlier this year, Hermey’s creator, producer-director Arthur Rankin Jr. died, and was touted by Rick Goldschmidt in an LA Times story as “the Walt Disney of stop-motion animation.” Goldschmidt chronicled the history of Rankin-Bass productions in books and a website.

According to the LA Times article, more than five decades ago Rankin hoped a network would like his stop-motion holiday special enough to run it two or three times.

When “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” aired in 1964, the reception secured Rankin and partner Jules Bass a position in TV history as “pioneers of the animated holiday special.”

“Rudolph,” remains the longest-running Christmas TV special, “one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast,” according to the Archive of American Television. The others, according to the LA Times, are “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and another Rankin-Bass creation, “Frosty the Snowman.”


Wish you had a Green Lifesaver at your practice?

Dr. Michael Rogers spotted this significant calcification in an older patient’s carotid artery during a routine 3D scan. He recommended immediate medical attention, and his patient was able to get prompt care.

Dr. Michael Rogers runs Complete Health Dentistry of NEPA, a general, cosmetic and restorative practice in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. A proponent of overall wellness, he makes sure his patients know how their dental health affects the rest of their body.

Dr. Michael Rogers

Dr. Michael Rogers

He didn’t fully appreciate how strongly he’d be able to back up his words when he took delivery of a new Vatech GreenCT device this past April. Two weeks later, Dr. Rogers spotted significant calcification in an older patient’s carotid artery during a routine 3D scan (shown). He recommended immediate medical attention, and his patient was able to get prompt care.

“The GreenCT let us see what we didn’t realize was there and save our patient from a potential heart attack or stroke,” Dr. Rogers says. “It has given us the ability to partner with our local physicians in viewing dentistry and medicine as an integral part of patients’ overall well-being.”

Read more about a Virginia orthodontist who incorporate this low dose radiation digital radiography  into his practice in an Incisal Edge dental lifestyle feature story:

Welcoming New Appointees With Open Arms


By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Over the past decade, Benco Dental has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’

Benco, which has been named one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for 11 of the past 12 years, is proud to boast a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians.

Recently, Benco Dental’s New Appointees were featured in First Impressions Magazine. Bill Neumann has taken over the role as the new publisher for First Impressions. He started in the dental industry in 2003 as a manufacturer’s rep and proceeded to a sales trainer. During his time, he found a gap in marketing and soon after started his journey to fulfill that gap.

“Since the content of this entire publication is to enable you as a sales professional to create real value for you customers and translate that into sales and success for you and your practice,” said Neumann.

Countdown to a dental extravaganza

November 20 will be the largest gathering of dental manufacturers in Tennessee to exhibit in one place in more than 10 years: the Third Annual Middle Tennessee Dental Extravaganza.

Monterey, Tenn. resident Mike Mountain on the upcoming November 20 Dental Extravaganza: “Very current and relevant classes, backed by the technology manufacturers are creating, along with a chance to see it and touch it are what this show’s about.”

Three years ago, dental industry expert Mike Mountain contacted the president of the local dental education group with a big idea: Create a direct line of communication between local dental care providers and the companies creating today’s leading edge technology.

Today he is preparing for the largest gathering of dental manufacturers in Tennessee to exhibit in one place in more than 10 years: the Third Annual Middle Tennessee Dental Extravaganza. 

“This has grown from an idea shared with the leader of a 30 member Seattle study club to an expo, which in 2013 included in excess of over 600 attendees from Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama and all parts of Tennessee,” said Mountain, a Monterey resident, of the daylong event scheduled to take place November 20 at Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The study club leader Mountain approached: Oral Surgeon Mark Hardison, who owns and operates Middle Tennessee Oral and Implant Surgery in Murfreesboro and served as past president of the 4th district of Tennessee Dental Association. Together with Kerry Slicker, Professional Relations Coordinator at Middle Tennessee Oral and Implant Surgery, the two embarked on a lofty quest.

“Very current and relevant classes, backed by the technology manufacturers are creating, along with a chance to see it and touch it are what this show’s about,” said Mountain in describing events scheduled for November 20.

Middle Tennessee Oral and Implant Surgery, Middle Tennessee Society for Advanced Dentistry Study Club, the 4th District Study Club and Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, are counted among the biggest names in the industry as presenting sponsors, including: Procter & Gamble/Oral B, 3M, Dentsply, Vatech America, Coltène Whaledent, Delta Dental, Biohorizons and Carecredit. More than 50 manufacturers will be on site and educational speakers will include Robert C. Fazio, DMD; Allen Boghosian, DDS; Stephen K. Malone, DMD; Phillip L. Parham Jr., DMD, MS; and Fred Molz, PhD.

Mountain, with 21 years of industry experience, first introduced Benco Dental to the Nashville dental community nearly five years ago and has been helping local dentists, dental specialists and their teams by increasing the practice bottom line and serving all of their dental material and equipment needs.

The entire dental team, from practitioner to hygienists, dental assistants to office managers, are invited and encouraged to attend.  Classes begin at 8 a.m. and continue the entire day. Exhibits will be open throughout the Extravaganza and extend beyond classroom hours, until 9 p.m.  Cost for the event is $5 per class. For more information or to register in advance, visit: or register at the door. Contact Mike Mountain at 931-510-2338, or Kerry Slicker at 615-893-7736 for additional details.