Don’t let your 100-watt smile fall by the wayside in summer.

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

With summer soon approaching (finally), a lot of people will spend their time basking in the sun, swimming, and snacking. Not only do you need to protect your body during the sunny season, you also need to protect your teeth.

Dr. Marielaina Perrone of Henderson, Nevada, recently offered helpful advice on how to keep your smile safe this summer.

* Always stay hydrated. Not only is this is good for your entire body, but it also keeps your mouth hydrated. This will help protect against tooth decay and keep oral tissues moist to prevent them from drying out.

* Choose wise snacks that can keep you and your teeth healthy. Poor snacking can damage your teeth and health. Good summer choices include fresh fruits like watermelon and bananas.

*  Protected your lips with a lip balm or lip gloss with moisture and SPF protection is important, try to use at least SPF 15.

* Protect those smiles when playing sports. Don’t forget to wear a mouth guard.

* Be aware of the damage swimming in a pool can cause on our dental health. Swimming in pools with high chlorine content can cause tooth enamel erosion. Swimming in the ocean is actually a better option. The high salt water content can reduce oral bacteria.

* Try to avoid drinking a lot of sports drinks. Most sports drinks are highly acidic with a high content of sugar. These drinks can lead to tooth enamel erosion as well as tooth decay.

* Don’t forget the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Skipping breakfast can lead to increased snacking on unhealthy items.

No forklift needed during dental surgery … this time.

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Peter Emily, a graduate from human dental school at Creighton University, in Nebraska, served as an Air Force mechanic during the Korean War, got started with animal tooth extractions and canals when he bred Doberman Pinschers, taking x-rays of their teeth to determine if they would have a tooth formation that would prevent them from participating in competition.

In 2005, he founded the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, a nonprofit that arranges missions for veterinarians and dentists to perform procedures on exotic animals in the U.S. and abroad. He runs the organization, with the help of one part-time employee, largely out of his home.

On a recent day the energetic 82-year-old, though semi-retired, consulted with the other dentists on a several veterinary dental procedures.

According to The New Yorker, the scene took place in an operating theater at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, where a mountain lion named Montana, lay on his side, unconscious.

Photo courtesy: Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) Facebook page.

Photo courtesy: Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) Facebook page.

Two veterinary dentists stood at his head, scraping infected pulp out of his four canine teeth, all of which needed root canals. Occasionally, one of the dentists raised an X-ray machine to the lion’s head to check his progress.

In the next room, a caged black leopard, named Backara, who needed a molar extraction, waited to endure the same set of procedures.

A technician put the 140-pound animal to sleep with an injection, then four people maneuvered him onto a cloth stretcher and carried him into the operating room. When the sanctuary works on their grizzly bears, which can weigh more than 1,500 pounds, they are anesthetized in their habitat and brought to the operating room by forklift and truck.

Montana and Backara had arrived at the sanctuary several months earlier, from a facility in Ohio.

Keep up with Dr. Emily’s newest adventures and view his intriguing photos:

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No one should die from ‘dirty teeth’

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Angie Stone, Owner & Founder of HyLife LLC in Edgerton, WI, has combined her love for the elderly and her dental background into one profession. Her business aims to help improve the oral health of nursing home residents.

Oral care is mandatory at nursing homes, but according to a recent story in GazetteXtra, most staff members don’t have much training — some only get about an hour’s worth.

Stone has 30 years of experience. According to the story, Stone brushes and flosses clients’ teeth, then lines their mouths with xylitol, a natural sugar substitute that makes it harder for bacteria to produce plaque. ( A typical cleaning takes about 15 minutes.)

Her inspiration to start HyLife began with two women: her mother-in-law, Gladys Stone, and her grandmother Helen Schrantz.

The former entered a nursing home with lung disease. Without a dentist or dental hygienist on staff, plaque built up in her mouth. Her lung disease continued to worsen at an alarming rate, despite the antibiotics she took, Stone said. After she passed, Stone knew the two problems were connected and she needed to do something to help.

Schrantz also entered a nursing home late into her life. In two years, she lost 60 percent of her teeth, Stone said. “I buried her with no front teeth,” Stone recalled, “and as a dental hygienist, that haunts me. It should have never happened.”

Photo courtesy: Agri-view. Angie Stone of HyLife oral care services greets George Schmidt, 88, before caring for his teeth at Huntington Place in Janesville.

Photo courtesy: Agri-view. Angie Stone of HyLife oral care services greets George Schmidt, 88, before caring for his teeth at Huntington Place in Janesville.

Stone’s business, HyLife, is still in the beginning stage. The oral care component of the company began last July, and HyLife currently employees 10 caregivers in four Midwestern states and Florida.

Stone’s dream is to have a team of caregivers all over the country in order to take care of this elderly population and prevent death from dirty teeth.

“In the U.S. in 2015, should people die from dirty teeth? No. I don’t think so,” she said. “We’re doing something, and we’re absolutely helping.”

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Do you have a reluctant smile? Repairing it can be a magical experience.

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Whether eliminating physical pain from your daily life,  conquering a “reluctant” smile, or even “selling beauty,” it’s difficult to put a price on a better tomorrow.

New York Times report on noninvasive cosmetic surgery, such as veneers, explains how they have helped three people feel more confident about their look.

Philip Fear, 49, a radiologist, has helped build a physicians’ group in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to over 20 doctors. And his successful practice means that he is often asked to give lectures to medical groups.

But he shared with that though he is “a happy person,” he had been reluctant to smile because his teeth were badly stained from a combination of genetic factors and an antibiotic he took as a child.

So last fall, Dr. Fear  spent $60,000 to have porcelain veneers put on his teeth. “I feel more confident,” he said. “I feel a lot better about my teeth.”

He is among a growing number of people who believe that a little work will make a big difference in their careers and their overall well being.

Read more about Allie Wu, 31, who resolved several oral health issues (her speech was better, her lisp was gone, she could eat normally, and the veneers corrected her teeth color and functionality) by having her teeth lengthened by Dr. Michael Apa (pictured above), and Julien Farel, a French-born hairstylist who said that at age 45 he felt that he had to have something done to continue to look young at:

When you charge $1,000 for a haircut, as Farel does, paying $3,000 a tooth may not seem such a stretch. His haircuts last six months; his new teeth could last 20 years, noted the Times.

Says Manhattan-based cosmetic dentist Dr. Apa: “The best advice I can give people is to really utilize the consultation as much as possible and get a real understanding of what they’re in for,” he said. “It’s hard to say what the teeth are going to look like. The best way is to see countless before-and-after photos. You should ask for cases similar to yours.”

He continues: “There is no such thing as a white tooth,” said Dr. Apa, who worked on Dr. Fear’s and Ms. Wu’s teeth. “Teeth are yellow-white when you’re young and gray-white when you’re older.”


Cuff links and tie clasps and studs, oh my.

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Ortho brackets are not just for earrings anymore.

BracketEars, LLC, a company that creates orthodontically-themed jewelry with a mission of giving back, began with earrings and bracelets, but now offers a new line of accessories with men in mind, including cuff links, tie clasps and studs.

Launched in 2012, Bracket Ears, LLC is the brainchild of the Crafton kids, Gigi, McKenzie and Christopher, the children of two dentists in Maryland (Drs. Casey and Lisa Crafton) who treat many treat many patients with autism. Its mission: to give back.

IE17.openbites.MyCharity.BracketEars.FINAL.OK.rev2True to that mission, with the sale of every piece of jewelry, Bracket Ears donate a percentage to  support autism and other worthy causes.  Bracket Ears has broadened its mission to include any worthy cause that would like to partner to raise funds and awareness.  To date,  Bracket Ears  jewelry has been used to support such non profits as Autism Speaks, Bike to the Beach, Howard County Autism Society,  Susan B. Komen, War Dogs, Heart Association.

Read the full story of the Crafton family, who was recently featured in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: