Having a bad day? Spare a thought for two dentists who have seen it all.

In one of four catastrophes to batter their dental practice, a poor parking job destroyed the entrance to Mission Family Dentistry in Oceanside, California. No patients were present and no one was hurt.

By Brian Dawson/Incisal Edge Managing Editor

Through no fault of their own, two San Diego–area dentists have become catastrophe-preparedness experts. In just the past decade, their practice has been battered by two fires, a major water leak and, this past spring, a car that crashed through their storefront and came to rest in their waiting room.

Take it from Drs. Roger Moynihan and Amy Jessel, the husband-and-wife team behind Mission Family Dentistry in Oceanside, California: Both preparedness and after-the-fact smarts are key.

• KNOW YOUR COVERAGE INSIDE AND OUT. “Be sure your insurance is adequate and that you know what you have,” Dr. Jessel says.

• HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN. Only once, after the first fire in 2004, did Mission have to relocate; they worked from a temporary space nearby for eight months.

• A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IS INVALUABLE. “When people ask us about our bad luck, I like to think we actually have a guardian angel hovering over us,” Dr. Jessel says.

• ANY ACCIDENT OFFERS A PREPAREDNESS TEMPLATE FOR NEXT TIME. None of the four incidents was Mission Family Dentistry’s fault; the practice is in a strip mall, and the two fires and the water leak all started in nearby businesses.

Read the complete interview in the latest issue of dental lifestyle magazine Incisal Edge: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2bc2b9ad#/2bc2b9ad/26

You never know who you’re inspiring.

“Walk those rich lines, defy the odds, push the envelope — because you never know who you’re inspiring,” said Katti Webb Simpson, IPDH, of Foxcroft, Maine, during her acceptance of the Lucy Hobbs Project® Clinical Expertise Award in 2014.

She speaks from experience. In 2008, the Pine Tree State became the second in the country to pass a law permitting dental hygienists to practice independently of supervising dentists so long as they meet criteria. Webb Simpson is doing her part to offer access to care by treating Medicaid patients out of our her 19th-century farmhouse in central Maine.

So continue the inspirational stories of Lucy Hobbs Award honorees from past years. Beginning now, through the January 16, 2015 deadline, Benco Dental encourages nominations of women who are setting new benchmarks in the dental profession. Contest entrants are directed to the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project® Awards Nomination Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHP2015

The Lucy Hobbs Project® Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community, slated to take place at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, June 4 – 5, 2015, will honor the winners.

Incisal Edge summer edition profiles the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Project Award recipients.

Incisal Edge summer edition profiles the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Project Award recipients.

The annual event, named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, will recognize and award industry professionals whose achievements mirror those established by Lucy Hobbs.

From operatory to laboratory, a new generation of women is changing dentistry. The Lucy Hobbs Project®, powered by Benco Dental, aims to recognize these revolutionaries with awards that celebrate their distinctive talents. Six categories for consideration include:

  • Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change in the industry.
  • Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in the dental industry.
  • Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others.
  • Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure
  • Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a charity or cause that benefits the well-being of others.
  • Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and adeptly integrates them into patient care.

Individuals and organizations may submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominate someone who inspires you or enter today using the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project® Awards Nomination Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHP2015

Powered by Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, The Lucy Hobbs Project® empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation 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.

Among the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Award honorees are women whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Joan Austin (1931-2013); Karen Gear, DDS; Mary Hartigan, DDS; Maria Maranga, DDS; Terryl A. Propper, DDS, MS; Katti Webb Simpson, IPDH; and Kaaren G. Vargas, DDS, PhD.

To learn more and sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit The Lucy Hobbs Project® website at: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com




Hands-On Demonstrations

Dr. Joseph R. Fox will offer hands-on demonstrations at CenterPoint West, Benco Dental Design Showroom
in Costa Mesa, California.

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Benco Dental and Glidewell Laboratories will host a seminar for same day crowns, utilizing digital impressions and chairside milling.

The presenter will be Dr. Joseph R. Fox, DDS, whom after serving in the Army went on to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry in San Antonio. He relocated to Arizona, where he has been practicing ever since. Dr. Fox is a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and pursues continuing education.

The seminar takes place on December 4, 2014. CE: 2 Credits  Fee: Free

Time: 5:30 p.m. Registration,
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lecture and Hands-On

Location: Benco Dental Design Showroom
3590 Harbor Gateway N
Costa Mesa, California 92626

In order to register, contact Irene Acuesta-Miranda

Phone: 714-424-0977 x 5         Email: iacuesta-miranda@benco.com

For more information visit: http://www.glidewelldental.com/email-blast/2014-11/benco-dental/email.html


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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scott-Brown-DDS/145074838927368

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 henrycountytimes.com

“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 henrycountytimes.com: “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, MouthHealthy.org, 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 MouthHealthyKids.org.

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.”