My, what big teeth you have.

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Performing a tooth extraction on a bear might intimidate many.

But for someone who successfully completed complicated surgery on a lion, it could seem like old hat.

Steven D. Spitz, DMD, a resident of Needham, Massachusetts, is one prosthodontist who would know first hand.

Recently interviewed by  for his efforts at the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) dental/veterinary mission to Noah’s Ark Rehabilitation Center in Locust Grove, Georgia, Dr. Spitz Dr. Steven D. Spitzweighs in.

“Working with the [Peter Emily] foundation is a literally a dream come true,” Spitz told “Through my undergraduate training, I was deciding between vet and dental school. I chose dental and it was the right decision for me, but this allows my dental experience to work in an amazing way for animals who need my expertise.”

With the aforementioned lion, Spitz utilized the BioLase Dental Laser for the very first laser surgery on large animals. And a bear was among his patients at the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation.

Hear tale of his adventures at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana, recent partnerships with the zoos in New England and his practice, Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at:

No gnomes, windmills for this ‘professional putter’


How did a Shippensburg dentist win the United States Open in 2010?

Only one man knows for certain.

Plotting his course with hand-drawn diagrams must’ve helped, though.

Dr. Brad Lebo, a 53-year-old Pennsylvania practitioner, shared his penchant for the game with the New York Times as they previewed the 2014 United States Open Miniature Golf Tournament, which began yesterday at Bluegrass Mini Golf Course in Oceanport, N.J.

“I’m a professional putter,” he explained to the publication’s reporter.

Dr. Lebo, who has won 105 events during a 25-year career on the course, said he “charts potential places the ball can land.” In the case he misses on the first putt, he works from this knowledge in reserve.

“Prepare, then don’t care,” holds true as a favorite borrowed motto.

Track the progress on the dentist and the tournament at

View a video interview with Dr. Brad Lebo:

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Training the Brain to Stay Sane

Training the Brain to Stay Sane! Dr. Carmelina D’Arro, shown, will present scientifically proven techniques for managing stress at the Lucy Hobbs Project™ Networking Event August 15 at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware
Training the Brain to Stay Sane! Dr. Carmelina D’Arro, shown, will present scientifically proven techniques for managing stress at the Lucy Hobbs Project™ Networking Event August 15 at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware.

Training the Brain to Stay Sane! Dr. Carmelina D’Arro, shown, will present scientifically proven techniques for managing stress at the Lucy Hobbs Project™ Networking Event August 15 at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware.

Keep calm and prophy on.

Perhaps that sounds easier said than done, but having studied meditation with several prominent teachers, including Sharon Salzberg and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Carmelina D’Arro will deliver the goods August 15 at the Delaware Art Museum. D’Arro, a graduate of the Penn Program for Mindfulness, will address dental professionals in attendance at a Lucy Hobbs Project™ Networking Event.

“Training the Brain to Stay Sane,” hosted by Benco Dental at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware, from 8 to 11 a.m., will offer a unique opportunity to de-stress a dental practice. Dr. D’Arro, a public health dentist at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center and Nemours Senior Care in Wilmington, will guide attendees through time-tested, scientifically proven techniques for managing stress to enable them to better care for their patients and themselves.

Breakfast and coffee will be available. Members of the dental industry are invited at no charge, but each attendee is asked to bring a gently used outfit to benefit Dress for Success. Attire is business casual. Space is limited. For details regarding this event or to register, visit

Named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, The Lucy Hobbs Project inspires women in the profession to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Dr. Hobbs, denied access to education because of her gender, learned dentistry with the assist of a mentor, through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. Free to join, the project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry.  To sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit:

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’  Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories.

For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Philly dental mascot aims to reverse PA’s bad rap


Philadelphia Gentle Dental offices and their tooth mascot, Sir Floss A Lot, hit the streets to raise awareness about children’s dental health risks and the importance of regular preventive care.

Fact: 1 in 5 low-income kids go without needed dental care; the Keystone state receives a “D” for how it’s addressing this need (worse than 41 other states in the U.S.), according to  the Pew Center on the States ranking.

Untreated tooth decay is on the rise in children, especially in low-income households. Medicaid-enrolled Pennsylvania children visit the dentists for preventive care less frequently than similar children in other states – even though these dental visits cost parents nothing out of pocket.

Sir Floss A Lot and the Gentle Dental Team aimed to spark awareness and inspire Philadelphia residents to smile with surprise visits to popular Philadelphia attractions such as the National Museum of Art and Love Park, children’s summer programs including the First Tee of Philadelphia and Philadelphia School of Rock. Sir Floss A Lot even ate cheesesteaks with Tone Luke and skated at Race St. Pier with the Philly Roller Derby Girls. Kids and parents in local Philadelphia neighborhoods and parks had a great time brushing Sir Floss A Lot and learning about proper dental hygiene.

Watch his tour de force:

“Improving children’s oral healthcare is a top priority for Gentle Dental”, said Shawn Wherry, Vice President of Marketing. “Children’s dental health significantly impacts their overall health, and we know that cost is often a barrier to families maintaining regular visits and screenings. Many are unaware their child’s dental visit may cost them nothing out of pocket depending on the associated program. We hit the streets and filmed this video to help educate and spread the word to families in the greater Philadelphia area.”

Parents and families can join Gentle Dental’s “Kids Dental Days” every Saturday in August. They can learn more at, or by searching for Gentle Dental of PA on Facebook. Parents can schedule dental appointments for the entire family by calling 888-SMILE- FIX.



No Friday fish story.


Benco Dental Regional Manager Dan Bump with the 16-pound Dolphin Fish he and teammates caught June 20 in the Horizons Fishing Tournament, West Palm Beach, Florida

Caption: Dan Bump, Cap’n Jack, Jim Weber and Ryan Hammock with their award-winning catch at the Horizons Fishing Tournament in West Palm Beach.

A 16-pound Dolphin Fish earned Benco Dental Equipment Specialist Jim Weber, Regional Manager Dan Bump and Service Tech Ryan Hammock community gratitude, bragging rights, and dinner for four.
Mahi-Mahi (the Hawaiian name for the species Coryphaena hippurus), grilled and blackened, made up the menu June 20 in West Palm Beach, Florida, after three Benco Dental associates from the Biscayne region garnered 5th Place in Dolphin category at the Horizons Fishing Tournament.
The 15th annual event, organized to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, led the threesome  – along with boatmate Cap’n Jerry – to a considerable catch of a Blue Water Beauty 18 miles offshore.
In an area of the Atlantic where the water’s depths reach 1,100 feet, the four seafaring friends shared a victory at sea.