Chewing gum may be good for your teeth

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Did your parents used to tell you that chewing gum gave you cavities? According to Medical Daily, this is not the case.

Chewing gum is a billion-dollar industry because an average of 280 sticks of gum per person per year is a billion-dollar industry. No need to worry though, your are contributing to the maintenance of oral health.

According to a study by the Journal of Dental Research, in most gums, the gum-base is supplemented with sweeteners, flavors, and other agents. However, sugar is now often replaced by artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, xylitol, or mannitol. The addition these sugarless additives have been found to reduce the formation of oral biofilms, which is the cause of infectious diseases such as cavities and periodontal disease.

A team of researchers from University of Groningen in the Netherlands wanted to observe whether chewing gum can remove bacteria from the oral cavity. Five biomedical engineering students were recruited to chew two different standard types of spearmint gum for various lengths of time ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Afterward, the gum was spit into a cup filled with sterile water to be analyzed.

The findings revealed there were about 100 million bacteria detected on each piece of chewed up gum, with the number increasing as chewing time increased. The gum starts to lose its adhesiveness after 30 seconds of chewing, trapping less bacteria.

Chewing gum does not remove bacteria from the same places of the dentition as does brushing or flossing and each act targets different areas of the mouth.

As a reminder: The American Dental Association says this does not mean chewing gum is an adjunct to brushing and flossing, nor a substitute, brushing twice a day and using dental floss is still recommended.

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Toothpicks or dental floss, which will you choose?


By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

It is never convenient to get food stuck between your teeth, and when dining out, most restaurants only offer a toothpick to solve this problem.

Tuck that fear away, thanks to Marta Correia, an entrepreneur with the idea for the Oralgem.

Oralgem's Pearl dental floss dispenser retails for $39.95 and is in use today in businesses and private homes.

Oralgem’s Pearl dental floss dispenser retails for $39.95 and is in use today in businesses and private homes.

According to The Loop, Correia, along with a business partner, invested in and created the floss dispenser which can be affixed via adhesive strips to the walls of a restaurant bathroom. These dispensers can also lock, preventing any risk of vandalism of the floss rolls in public spaces.

Correia’s business partner had inspiration for the idea after a trip to Brazil, when they saw a similar dispenser in a rest area. The partners chose to create a floss dispenser that was slimmer, sleeker and more functional.

So far, there are 2,000 such floss dispensers across North America, including at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
and local YMCAs, even in private homes ($39.95, anyone?).

Photo Credit: CTV

Oralgem in use at FireGrill restaurant in Montreal. Photo Credit: CTV


Bringing positive energy to the dental practice

According to, 
Dr. Peter Igoe considers his new dental office more of a "wellness center." 
(Photo courtesy Tom Rivers)

As a dentist, you might not be neighbors and partners with a yoga studio, but you can benefit from a few tips from Dr. Peter Igoe.

This Western New York practitioner, shown above in a photo courtesy of, believes in whole body health, which means that your teeth are related to your overall whole body health: healthy teeth equals healthy body.

A recent shift in his practice location offers a significant benefit.

“There’s a positive energy, a positive atmosphere,” Dr. Igoe told Jim Krencik of in a recent interview.

Dr. Igoe references the connection between a business that began shareing a roof with his practice in 2015:  Igoe 2 Yoga,  his wife Laura’s studio.

According to, the couple is making full use of their new West Center Street Extension building, a 3,325-square-foot building with the yoga studio and dental office sharing space to encourage a connection between dental and full-body health.

As a dentist, he offers a number of comfort-enhancing options at his new office in Medina, and it’s no stretch to assume his wife’s business does the same. Dr. Igoe’s patients benefits from:

* wide windows, which offer a view of the Erie Canal from the five dental hygiene and operatory rooms.

* space planning, which  creates efficiency and time savings. A CAD/CAM milling unit that turns ceramic blocks into implants sits a short walk away the operatory room where teeth are X-rayed by a handheld, digital unit and crowns designed on a computer inside the room.

* informed patients, courtesy of televisions that can be swung to display x-rays and explanatory videos.

Be inspired by more of Dr. Igoe’s adaptations at:

Visit in person: Dr. Peter C. Igoe DDS Complete Health Dentistry and Igoe 2 Yoga, 11065 West Center St. Ext., Medina, will host an open house on Feb. 5. For more information about their businesses, visit or

Patriots and Melanie Sanches both made the cut.

Melanie Sanches, D15 and New England Patriots Cheerleader (Photo taken from Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine)

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Cheerleader or Dental Student? Melanie Sanches is both.

This fall, Melanie Sanches, a student in the Tufts Dental Clinic, will spend her time working with patients, learning from the practice coordinators and other faculty members, and preparing for life after graduation.

According to a story by Tufts Dental Medicine, when the New England Patriots (NFL Super Bowl XLIX contenders) play at Gillette Stadium this season, you’ll also find Melanie Sanches, Tufts Class of D2015, on the sidelines as a cheerleader.

Sanches competed in pageants and danced throughout her life, but this was her first attempt at being a cheerleader. Recruited in early May to the cheerleading team for the 2014 – 2015 season, she will be seen on the sidelines at all Patriots home games.

She was one of 28 women from among 320 applicants who made the cut after auditions. Pre-season training included a trip to Cancun to pose for a calendar shoot and that’s when she realized how much fun it was to be a part of that team.

Sanches planned to try out for the previous season, but cancelled when she found out that the auditions were the same day as the D15’s White Coat Ceremony.

Tryouts to be a cheerleader for a professional team are intense and very competitive. Several auditions and three rounds of cuts, culminated in an intensive two-week boot camp with fitness and physical training, choreography, public speaking exercises and promotional appearance training drills.

As of Jan. 18,  Sanches’ Patriots also made the cut – they’ll compete against the Seattle Seahawks Feb. 1 in the Big Game.

Stay tuned.

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Houston’s time to shine

Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro is now on display along the Brown Promenade through  Feb. 22, 2015 and it is illuminated from 3 to 11 p.m. daily. The prime viewing hours of the exhibit are after dusk.

And shine it will for all visitors during The Star of the South Dental Meeting. Especially if a visit to Brown Promenade, after dusk, is on the itinerary.

Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed Bruce Munro is on display along the Brown Promenade through  Feb. 22,  illuminated from 3 to 11 p.m. daily.

Munro originally conceived the idea in 1992 during a trip through the red desert of central Australia, when he sketched a landscape of illuminated stems that would wait like dormant seeds in a dry desert, to bloom at night. It has since been specifically re-imagined for sites across the globe, since 2004. The Discovery Green Field of Light comprises 4,500 radiant, frosted glass spheres atop slender stems connected by illuminated fiber optic. The spheres and stems wait quietly until dusk and then bloom with gentle rhythms of colored light as darkness falls over the park.


George R. Brown Convention Center will host the Star of the South Dental Meeting today through Jan. 24.

It is sure to inspire, along with the innovations in dentistry on display through Saturday at The Star of the South, when The Greater Houston Dental Society’s annual meeting brings dental professionals to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Founded in 1904, The Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS) is the fourth largest component society in the United States, with a current membership of over 1,600.

Don’t miss the Friday Night Star Party, which will begin as the Exhibit Hall closes and will be held in the back of the Exhibit Hall on Friday at 6 pm.

For more details involving registration, visit

For a sneak preview of Field of Light: