With a song in their hearts

At Benco Dental, a day prior to each national holiday, Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen shares his patriotic spirit in song via voice mail to each associate of the privately owned dental distribution company. On Memorial Day, he often accompanies it with a message of gratitude to our nation’s Veterans.

The Medical Musical Group seems to subscribe to the same philosophy, albeit on a larger scale. The world’s premier medical chorale and symphony orchestra is led by the mission to perform “Music with a Message” – of healing, hope, inspiration, patriotism, peace, and brotherhood.

Currently seeking talented health care professionals, students and family members who can sing or play musical instruments, the Medical Musical Group prepares for upcoming shows dedicated to America’s Veterans.

Join renowned operatic tenor, DANIEL RODRIGUEZ, the incomparable singing star DEANA MARTIN, and The Medical Musical Group Symphony at the GALA TRIBUTE TO WOUNDED WARRIORS AND MILITARY on Sunday, August 16, 4 p.m.
This special performance commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and will be performed at: SCHLESINGER CONCERT HALL, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. For ticket information, please visit us at www.medicalmusical.org

Also on the group’s schedule, a November 1 National Veterans Day concert in Washington, D.C. The group will also perform in England and Scotland, including a major concert at London’s Central Hall Westminster on Nov. 7.

For more information on how to participate, visit medicalmusical.org or email vanmmg@hotmail.com. To see previous performances by MMG, visit YouTube.com and search Medical Musical Group.

Early training aims to curb baseball players’ connection with chew.

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Oral Health America, a national nonprofit organization, is proud to announce The National Spit Tobacco Education Project, also known as NSTEP, 2015 slogan contest.  The winner of the contest will be a Little League baseball or softball player, age 14 and younger, who is on a roster for an affiliated Little League program in the U.S. for the 2015 season, and demonstrates the most knowledge about the consequences of using tobacco.

Oral Health America states that they “will award the winner a paid trip for two (2) for one night including airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation to the Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, PA.” Both the winner and the winner’s league will win a cash prize of $500.

How to enter:

Contestants* are to create an original slogan directed to children between the ages of 8 and 14.  The winning slogan needs to:

  1. Not exceed ten (10) words in length
  2. Describe the dangers of using smokeless tobacco
  3. Be related specifically to baseball
  4. Offer a positive alternative to spit tobacco usage

*A maximum of three entries per person will be accepted.

To view examples and how to submit your entry,view: https://oralhealthamerica.org/programs/nstep/contest/

Chewing tobacco has long been a part of baseball’s culture, but today, awareness about oral cancer is trying to break this bad habit.

Tony Gwynn, Babe Ruth, Brett Butler, Curt Flood, and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling,  have all been treated for oral cancer.

According to Dentistry&You, powered by Dear Doctor magazine, Schilling stated “I do believe without a doubt and unquestionably that chewing is what gave me cancer.” He told Boston-area radio station WEII. “I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got.”

PeriRx - SaliMark Test-KitInterested in early detection? PeriRx is one company that has a breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology that will assist healthcare professionals and their patients. “The company has developed a painless saliva test that uses proven bio-chemistry analytics at high sensitivity and specificity to enable early disease risk detection. This early detection of treatable diseases can enhance patient wellness while reducing the cost of healthcare.”

PeriRx is introducing SaliMark™ OSCC, its first commercial saliva test for the early detection of oral squamous cell carcinoma, which kills thousands of patients per year.

View more details here: http://perirx.com/products/oral-cancer-salivary-diagnostic-test/

Meet the new dental spouses.

Drs. Leah B. and Talmadge D. Wilkins IV at Current at Chelsea Piers during the 2015 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 fashion photo shoot.
(Incisal Edge/Eric Larsen)

Dr. Wilkins, age 36, earned an undergraduate degree from Wofford College, magna cum laude 2001, and DMD from Medical University of South Carolina and serves as President Elect of the Central District, one of five districts of the South Carolina Dental Association.

The other Dr. Wilkins, age 39, serves as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the SCDA and as the official team dentist of the University of South Carolina, Aiken-Pacers, Athletic Department.

Both spouses are equally committed to the care of their patients, and the two children (both under age 10) they raise together.

You’d never guess from these descriptions which South Carolina practitioner is male and which is female. And that’s exactly as it should be.

Equal partners in life, supporting each other’s goals and dreams.

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Drs. Leah B. and Talmadge D. Wilkins IV at Current at Chelsea Piers during the 2015 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 fashion photo shoot. (Incisal Edge/Eric Larsen)

Meet the new dental spouses, in this case, Dr. Leah Bryan Wilkins, DMD, and Dr. Talmadge Wilkins IV, DMD, FAGD, respectively.

“Leah and I are both involved in organized dentistry.  We make sure that we do not take on positions that would require us at the same time; someone has to be with the kids.  I am involved at the state level, and she is with the district level of the SCDA.  We have to say no at times.  With church and school, we also try to offer our time, but with different events and different times.  That way we can also help each other with the projects,” explained Dr. Talmadge Wilkins IV on how he and his wife manage the delicate balancing act of a two- career family.

A dentist for 11 years, 8 of those in private practice at Center for Dentistry in Aiken, South Carolina, he credits his involvement with the Pankey Institute for helping him gain a sense of equilibrium.

“You have to remember to have a healthy work/life balance.  Additionally, you have to schedule everything, even date nights and down time.  For me, I do not like to be scheduled, rather more spontaneous, but that is not a luxury of being in a relationship and family of dentists,” he added.

They were both familiar with being part of a dental family long before they met and married.

“Both of our fathers went to the same college, the Citadel, then the Medical University of S.C. and became dentist in small towns.  I feel we were raised in very similar ways,” said Dr. Talmadge.

Dr. Leah B. Wilkins joined her father in practice 10 years ago in Edgefield, South Carolina (the town where she was raised), while her husband finished his general practice residency, followed by training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. She describes their similar career paths as a unique benefit to their marriage.

“I absolutely feel like we can be empathetic because we have a clear understanding of what “work life” entails…staff, patients, insurance, you name it…we can relate. We work in a tiny, dark, bacteria-filled part of the body and have high expectations placed on us both by patients and ourselves, that creates a tremendous amount of stress. When you include managing a business, it can be daunting and debilitating. It is refreshing to come home and have someone who completely understands your challenges, frustrations, successes, and triumphs,” said Dr. Leah Wilkins.

Often, Dr. Leah tells young females in high school or college to choose dental school.
“It is a fabulous profession that allows time for family and work. No career is perfect, but I chose one that gives me autonomy, financial independence, and brings me satisfaction. Even on a bad day…that’s hard to complain about.”

Her husband dedicates some time outside the practice as an Instructor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Georgia, as well as an Assistant Cub Master with Pack 115, Boys Scouts of America. When she’s not commuting 25 miles to work three days a week, or leading the SCDA Central District, Dr. Leah volunteers at their son’s school, drives the children to dance or soccer practice and finds a few hours for Crossfit.

Sometimes that nonstop schedule even allow for a few days together in NYC. The couple visited Chelsea Pier  recently to celebrate Dr. Talmadge’s honor as one of the 2015 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40, the best young dentists in America.

“Most individuals and others spouses have no idea of the challenges that dentist face daily.  When we talk, we can actually understand what we a speaking about and can offer advice and occasional criticism so we can become better dentists and people,” he said.

Other dentists could not agree more.

The dental lifestyle magazine recently interviewed three households in which one or both spouses are dental professionals. The story’s goal: to establish the concept that gone are the days in the dental profession “when the man was exclusively the doctor and the woman the spouse. Record numbers of female dentists mean a wide variety of new roles for the men to whom they are married.”

The magazine’s Ted O’Callahan spent time with three more dental couples:

* Dr. Amy Case and Dr. Brian Case started as associates for other dentists, and quickly began preparing to buy a small-town general practice in Cleburne, a town of 30,000 at the outer edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth orbit. She’s the primary dentist at the practice while he continues to work four days a week elsewhere as an associate, which helps pay down debt and generates a predictable income stream while they build their own patient base. Dr. Brian Case practices at the family operation one day a week, enabling him to make connections with patients in the area while also giving Dr. Amy Case at least one weekday with Emily, the couple’s 6-month·old daughter.

Dr. Kenia Campos and her husband, Abel Planas, were high-school sweethearts in Cuba, lost touch and then reconnected eight years later. Dr. Kenia Campos worked for a corporate practice as they got settled. Their son, Juan Pablo, was born in June 2012, and the next year they put down roots by buying a practice in which they would work together. While Abel occasionally fills in as a dental assistant, his job is to indulge his love of numbers as the office manager.
“Tm the dentist. That’s it,” Kenia says. “He takes care of everything else. I don’t know how much we pay for electricity or anything. I love it. I’d only want someone I trust 100 percent doing that, so it’s perfect.”

* When Dr. Marielaina Perrone and Dr. Gregg Perrone were planning out who would be the primary caregiver for their children they were also dividing the workload of running the practice. Given that Dr. Gregg had minored in business management in college, he took on the operations of the practice, while Dr. Marielaina did the dentistry.
“You have to figure out what people’s strengths and weaknesses are,” Marielaina says. “I’m all about peo­ple and patient care. Gregg is amazing at seeing the big picture and organizing.”
When their daughter, Ashley, was born, Gregg transitioned seamlessly to the role of a stay-at-home dad.
“My parents thought it was a little odd, since the man is supposed to be the breadwinner,” he says. “It works for us.”
Dr. Gregg still manages the practice – every­thing from accounting to updating the blog – which consumes 10 to 15 hours a week. But he’s in the office only once a month or so. He can fulfill most of his duties on the go while he’s at their daughter’s archery lessons or their son’s hockey practice.

Read their stories at: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/10683ba7#/10683ba7/66

bb7 and Benco Dental Develop Award-Winning PRO-SYS Toothbrush

The PRO-SYS toothbrush, sold by Benco Dental, was designed and developed in collaboration with bb7.

The PRO-SYS toothbrush is the latest on bb7’s extensive list of new product development solutions for the dental industry. Sold by Benco Dental, the PRO-SYS toothbrush was designed and developed in collaboration with bb7. Past bb7projects  have included the first set of wireless dental loupes, a revolutionary dental curing wand and robotic testing equipment to evaluate toothbrush performance. Many of these products have garnered awards and recognition from Dentistry Today and The Medical Design Excellence Awards.

Benco Dental Territory Rep Lenny Lenz isn't only a talented salesman, he's also a gifted craftsman - of giant toothbrushes (shown)!

Benco Dental Territory Rep Lenny Lenz isn’t only a talented salesman, he’s also a gifted craftsman – of giant PRO-SYS toothbrushes (shown)!

bb7, a comprehensive product development firm, announced today that the PRO-SYS toothbrush was the recipient of a 2015 Silver Edison Award™. The Edison Awards™ are conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Awards have recognized and honored the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design. The prestigious awards are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation. The PRO-SYS toothbrush was one of three winners in the Dental Patient Care category.

“Working with Benco Dental on their line of professional and consumer toothbrushes was a perfect fit for our capabilities and experience. Our design team sculpted quick form studies of sketched concepts, so decisions were reinforced with hands-on experience,” said John Miller, Director of Industrial Design and User Research at bb7.

PRO-SYS oral health care products unite design simplicity with clinical efficacy. The PRO-SYS Tapered Toothbrush includes (from the inventor of the nylon bristle) DuPont® Tynex filaments arranged in a multi-level design for improved cleaning. The design is intended to clean deeper in difficult-to-reach areas without sacrificing comfort; tapered bristles clean under the gum line.

The contoured handle of the PRO-SYS toothbrush – three years in the making – was shown to substantially reduce debris accumulation and bacterial contamination after prolonged use. In recent clinical findings by The Dental Advisor’s John A. Molinari, Ph.D. and Peri Nelson, B.S., the rubber-free handle on the adult and junior series toothbrushes in the PRO-SYS® oral care family remained 1,500 times cleaner than other brush handles after months of use.

Go to bb7.com to learn more about bb7’s product development capabilities and experience in the Medical, Dental, Consumer and Commercial industries. Schedule a visit and see how bb7’s world-class researchers, designers, engineers, and scientists unite to solve the most complex challenges.

Fibbers or flossers?

Graphic courtesy of American Academy of Periodontology
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/06/24/417184367/are-you-flossing-or-just-lying-about-flossing-the-dentist-knows

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 perio.org.

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 npr.org

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: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/06/24/417184367/are-you-flossing-or-just-lying-about-flossing-the-dentist-knows