Who cares about kids? PRO-SYS and the LCCC Benco Dental Clinic.


At a Kids’ Cavity Prevention Day this weekend in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, all children will receive PRO-SYS® Toothbrushes PRO-SYS Kids_7939and Toothgel, along with an Iris Varnish treatment

The Luzerne County Community College Benco Dental Clinic will host the annual event March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For children ages three to 16, the program will include dental exams, sealants, dental X-rays, oral hygiene instruction, and fluoride treatments. All services and activities are free of charge.

According to a story by Maureen Savner at TimesLeader.com, Luzerne County Community College’s Benco Dental Clinic is a state-of-the art facility in the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center, located at 42 E. Main St., Nanticoke. There, members of the community are charged the minimal fees of $5 for children, $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens.

Throughout the year, patients can visit the clinic for an intra- and extra-oral exam, including oral cancer and blood pressure screenings, and for a comprehensive teeth cleaning. Students also provide desensitization procedures, such as the application of agents designed to reduce tooth sensitivity associated with gum recession. Digital X-rays, which use less radiation, are taken based upon patient need.

Students instruct patients on how to maintain good oral health, and provide them with a toothbrush and other oral health aids. Patients are referred to their local dentist or dental clinic for routine dental work.

This year, students placed first in a statewide competition discussing current dental topics; they intend to compete in the national competition. In addition, the LCCC dental hygiene program has achieved a 99 percent first-time passing rate on the National Dental Hygiene Licensure Examination for the past 30 years.

As part of their Give Back philosophy, PRO-SYS donates a toothbrush for every Tapered or Antimicrobial one sold. But simply donating toothbrushes isn’t enough, so they partner with nonprofits that ensure oral healthcare education is part of the package.




Implant manufacturer to customers: ‘So, what’s holding you up?’

“We’re hanging a CEO by the ceiling.”

Jeff Gerber, Creative Director of the commercial, “Become an #OriginalStraumann,” described the intensity found on the set, prior to a stunt completed by the Straumann CEO.

In the video, Marco Gadola is suspended upside down from just four Straumann dental implants, which is used to demonstrate the performance of Straumann’s dental implant system. Gadola decided to do this commercial because he wanted to share his 100% confidence in the precision and reliability of the implant system with his customers. He wanted to show this not only through his words, but also his actions.

Four implants and abutments — each smaller than a matchstick — normally create a channel of connection between a crown (tooth replacement) and a dental patient’s jawbone. But it’s not often that a company leader goes to such extreme measures to present the value proposition of his product.

The commercial clip is the cornerstone of an awareness campaign to underline the importance of original Straumann prosthetic components for long-term implant treatment.

“Our ultimate goal at Straumann is to instill complete confidence – in our products, our services and our people,” said Gadola.

Labradoodle to the rescue

Chance Lawrence, 7, pets Nutmeg, a 10-week-old labradoodle and therapy dog-in-training, while sitting on a dental chair. Photo courtesy: ADA News

Meet Nutmeg, therapy dog-in-training.

Nutmeg was brought to the Feb. 28 Give Kids A Smile event held at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry.

Chance Lawrence, 7, was nervous about his visit to the dentist, but said he felt better when he was able to pet Nutmeg. Chance was one of 168 children seen and treated during the Give Kids A Smile event.

The Give Kids Smile event featured a classroom where young patients kept busy before and after their dental visits. This fun room consisted of: a balloon artist, coloring books, the movie “Frozen” and a skit on how to keep your teeth healthy performed by OSHU dental students.

According to ADA News, dental students, in bright orange shirts, ensured volunteers — including third- and fourth-year dental students, dental assistant students, residents and faculty — were readily available to greet the children at any of the 56 dental chairs in the facility.

To read more about Nutmeg and the event: http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2015-archive/march/smiles-for-puppy-love

Meet SHEA Breed:  West Highland White Terrier  Likes: Fishing, Dr. Donn Winokur, staff and patients at Ocean Family Dental Favorite foods: Edamame and grilled chicken

Breed: West Highland White Terrier
Likes: Fishing, Dr. Donn Winokur, staff and patients at Ocean Family Dental
Favorite foods: Edamame and grilled chicken

Dr. Donn Winokur from Toms River, N.J., was way ahead of the dental therapy pet trend with his trusty sidekick Shea. Specializing in pediatric dentistry since 1973, Dr. Winokur found himself drawn to helping children, especially those with special needs.

“I developed that when I was a young child. I saw people with special needs who weren’t being cared for, so I just developed a sub skillset.”

See Shea in action at: www.benco.com/shea/





Proof that dentistry may offer the most flexibility of any career.

Dentist Dr. Meghan and MLB left-handed reliever Tommy Layne as shown on their personal wedding website.

A “traveling dentist.”

That is the answer to the riddle: “Who is the perfect spouse for a Major League Baseball player?”

Tommy Layne (an aspiring baseball star) met his wife Meghan Wagstaff (an aspiring dentist) while she was on a date with someone else. Even though they both shared an attraction, they parted ways in order to accomplish their dreams.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, it would seem. After reconnecting via Facebook and dating for six years, they married.

Layne is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Meghan is a practicing dentist licensed in four states to allow them to spend time together, according to a Boston Globe story. Both have demanding careers and know how to make their marriage work.

Meghan, 29, earned her license in Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, and Massachusetts where she fills in for dentists on maternity leave or vacation, or for corporate offices in need of help. Full-time positions have been offered but that will come later in her career.

“It keeps my mind busy and, honestly, for both of us our emphasis isn’t solely on baseball,” Meghan added. “I’m supportive of him and he has been supportive of me. Some of my career has been on hold but it won’t always be like that.”

“At the end of the day, I get home and she has her own thing going on. She’s not asking what happened in the game. I can check out from the field and enjoy some family time. It’s great,” Layne told the newspaper. “She’s like a traveling dentist.”

To read the full story visit: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/03/16/red-sox-pitcher-tommy-layne-has-one-more-unique-marriages-sport/dKoeapR4KDkIBV1YIbIAuN/story.html

Mouth as dry at cotton?


By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, and gingival recession, can lead to dental caries in older adults.

According to Mentor, a study done by the National Center for Health Statistics states that by 2030 nearly 20% of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older. Since the older demographic is on the rise, dental professionals need to know about the changes in these patients.

Xerostomia can lead to problems such as increased root caries in older patients who present with gingival recession. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, a national lecturer and an associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston says that saliva is important to oral health.

“Patients of any age are susceptible to xerostomia, but older adults are particularly at risk. It is estimated that 25% to 30% of older adults complain of daily dry mouth, compared with about 10% of the population at large,” says Mentor.

Xerostomia can be caused by: cancer treatments, prescription medications, and lack of saliva. Symptoms that might present upon examination include saliva that seems thick or stringy, and bad breath. In addition, a patient’s lips may be cracked, and the oral mucosa can appear reddened, thin and fragile. Patients could also experience problems such as oral soreness, burning sensations, a changed sense of taste, and difficulty chewing or swallowing.

To read the full story about treatments, causes of concern, and find out how to identify dry mouth, visit: http://www.mentorissalespower.com/article/high-and-dry-xerostomia/