Is Benco Dental in harmony with the universe?

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.

In tandem. In balance. In sync. Each phrase accurately describe the way Benco Dental’s CAD/CAM Bootcamp training session taking place in Chicago today conveniently aligns with the June 30 leap second.

In case you didn’t read about it on or in your Twitter feed, #leapsecond, the one extra second in your day June 30 evolved from a natural occurrence. explains it succinctly:

2015 is not a leap year, but it does have a leap second, set to take place Tuesday (June 30) at 7:59:60 p.m. EDT (23:59:60 GMT).

“Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that,” Daniel MacMillan of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement.

Ask any person the length of a day, and she’ll say 24 hours, which equates to 86,400 seconds. But the time it takes for Earth to rotate on its axis relative to the sun, called a mean solar day (or the average length of a day) is roughly 86,400.002 seconds. This happens because Earth’s rotation is slowing down, thanks to a kind of braking force caused by the gravitational tug of war among Earth, the sun and the moon, researchers at NASA said.

(Photo courtesy David Gardner/Benco Dental)

The Benco Dental team stays focused during a two-day CAD/CAM Boot Camp training session in Chicago. (Photo courtesy David Gardner/Benco Dental)

Pat Arsenault, Director of Equipment & CenterPoint Services for the nation’s largest privately owned dental distribution company weighed in on the serendipity of the leap second and Benco Dental’s two-day CAD/CAM Boot Camp training session: “It’s our last Bootcamp in Chicago.  They have been so fantastic and so jammed packed with information, they had to add extra time onto today.”

He joked, “Today will be one second longer to accommodate the amount of material we need to cover.

Arsenault referenced one of four events hosted across the United States to provide education and hands-on experience for the Benco Dental team around Benco’s OneVisit™ solution, which includes IOS TS150, 3M True Definition Scanner and the Roland Mill. waxed poetic on the leap second:

Maybe you think this is inconsequential. Even discussing it might seem like a waste of precious time. After all, how much can you get done in one little second? And don’t the really important things in life take time? Unless you work in a high-precision industry, or you’re watching an online clock on June 30 at midnight UTC (8 PM Eastern), you might not even notice this little gift of time.

But a lot can happen in one second.

Did we just steal your extra second with this post? chooses to think that any time spent floss is always worthwhile.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

Dental student’s ‘Desire’ fulfilled

By Alison Majikes/Special to

“Age 23. Can I play?”

These two sentences comprised the sign that 23-year-old dental student Ryan Luxenberg held up when he attended a U2 concert in Montreal on June 16.

Luxenberg, a longtime fan of the band that formed in 1976, before the dental student was born, attended the concert alone at Montreal’s Bell Center and stood as close as he could get to the stage while holding up his sign. His hope: that one of the band members would notice him, according to an article on

The simple, five-word sign caught the attention of U2 front man Bono, and before Luxenberg could say “don’t forget to floss”, he was on stage jamming with The Edge and Bono in front of 22,000 people.

When the dental student got up to the stage, Bono asked him “What do you play?” Luxenberg replied, “anything.”

The newly-minted YouTube sensation, who just recently began signing lead vocals in a few bands, exchanged a few more words with Bono before he decided on “Desire” from the 1988 album “Rattle and Hum”

According to the article, Bono directed The Edge to give the student his electric guitar and Bono gave his acoustic guitar to The Edge before they started to play.

“It was a cool moment, I have to say,” said Luxenberg about getting to play the guitar used by one of the greatest guitar legends of our time.

Find out if this was a planned impromptu jam session or an organic meeting:

Alison Majikes is a Special Markets Representative at Benco Dental. U2 happens to be her favorite band, so she’s hoping to have the same experience when she sees them live in NYC this July 22.

Fibbers or flossers?

Graphic courtesy of American Academy of Periodontology

Fourteen percent of adults would rather clean the toilet. Nine percent would rather sit in gridlock traffic for an hour. And 7 percent would rather listen to small children crying on a plane.

This according to a survey (results shown above courtesy of American Academy of Periodontology) completed on behalf of the AAP and released this week on

The most non-startling figure ( at least according to  Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, a periodontist and president of the AAP: 27 percent of adults lie to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth.

When contacted with survey findings, she said: “Is that all?”, according to an article on

She’s not the only oral health professional who thinks many patients are fibbing when they say they’re flossing. “I am shocked,” says Dr. Sally Cram, a periodontist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, via email. “Given my experience with patients in my practice I thought it would be higher!”

Find out what makes us hate flossing so much:

Are you chewing enough parsley?

As if you didn’t already view enough solutions to finally defeat bad breath in Lifehacker’s outrageous video (shown here), a story by the site’s Mihir Patkar will have you waiting with bated breath to try a few more.

Among all-natural ingredients that Tipnut suggests you can chew to temporarily counter your bad breath: sprigs of parsley and whole cloves.

If you have eaten foods that cause bad breath, you can counter that by eating other foods. For example, Lifehacker suggests that drinking a glass of milk counters garlic breath to some degree.

Dry mouth? Bacteria on teeth? There are solutions within your grasp, according to Patkar. (Especially if you’ve got a glass of water or a tongue scraper handy.)

Before you stash spices in your purse or guzzle green tea, it might be worthwhile to add flossing to your daily routine.

Oh wait, did I just say that?

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Seeking a unique way to pay dental school loans? Try Reality TV.

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One young dentist, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, will compete on the CBS reality show “Big Brother” in a  quest for $500,000, according to a report yesterday in
According to Dr. John McGuire’s biography on the Big Brother website, the Penn State and Temple universities graduate wants to use the contest’s grand prize to “save his parents’ lake house and finally pay off his school loans.”
John McGuire, D.M.D., of Jefferson Twp., will compete on the 17th edition of the CBS reality competition series “Big Brother,” which premieres Wednesday, June 24.
As one of 14 strangers, he will be isolated from the outside world and living under the watchful eye of “Big Brother” — 80 high-definition cameras and more than 100 microphones planted around the house. Contestants must use wit and strategy to survive periodic evictions in order to be the last remaining guest and win the grand prize of $500,000.
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John McGuire, D.M.D., of Jefferson Twp., will compete on the 17th edition of the CBS reality competition series “Big Brother,” which premieres Wednesday, June 24.