Putting the spotlight on kids.

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CAPTION: Benco Dental’s Bob Frein takes part in a fundraiser for the Kids’ Community Dental Clinic.

Quiet on the set.

Not much chance of that at the Media Studios North in Burbank, California September 13.

On that particular Saturday, Silverlake Brass Quintet entertained while the studios played host to a fundraiser for Kids’ Community Dental Clinic, an organization created “to fill a crucial need and gap in oral health care services for children of low income working families.”

A children’s dental clinic existed in Burbank for almost 35 years through the generosity of the Sisters of Providence, St. Joseph Medical Center. When the hospital dental clinic closed in 1997, many working parents had a difficult time finding convenient and low cost dental care for their children. In 2002, after much planning and with strong local support, Kids’ Community Dental Clinic opened its doors to every child in need.

The Kids’ Community Dental Clinic provides high quality, low cost dental services and preventive dental care to children, ages 1-19, whose families have very limited or no resources for dentistry. Their primary services are: dental check-ups, fillings, cleanings, dental education and X-rays.

The clinic charges a nominal fee per visit for standard check-ups, cleanings, x-rays and fillings. For some extensive dental procedures (such as root canals and crowns), additional fees (at substantially reduced rates) will apply. Costs are kept to a minimum through the generosity of volunteer dentists and hygienists.

Benco Dental, the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, was in good company, among event sponsors that included Disney and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The Clinic is able to offer low cost treatments because most of the staff members are unpaid volunteers. The Kids’ Community Dental Clinic provides a variety of volunteering opportunities for:

- Dentists
– Dentists
– Hygienists
– Donations of Dental Supplies (gloves, gowns, etc.)
– Dental Care specialists
– Dental Assistants
– Office Support
– Health Fair workers
– Students who need volunteer hours for school
– Donation of Office Supplies
– Donation of Kids prizes
– Newsletter Production
– Help with Fundraising

Volunteer dentists and specialists include: Richard Marias, DMD; Timothy Knox, DDS; Astrid Soegaard, DMD; Keith Radack, DDS; Raffi Margossian, DDS, MSD; Shahriyar Banihashemi, DDS; Geoffrey Okada, DDS, MS; Frank Pita, DMD, MSD; Ricardo Gutierrez, DMD; Vivian Tom, DDS; Samvel Hunanian, DDS; Robert Albert, DDS; Punita Oswal, DDS; Robert Sue, DDS; Peter Shimizu, DDS; Antigone Skoulas, DDS and Manny Macias, DDS.

Volunteer Register Dental Hygienists include: Janett Unda-Alvarez, RDHEF; Trudy Schuckers, RDH; Staci Asano, RDH; Christa Jackson, RDH and Josie Dizon-Baquiran, RDH.

To volunteer, call 818-841-8010 to volunteer.

 

Transfer of knowledge.

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Caption: Benco Dental Territory Representative James Naka with Dr. Lisa Ryan. 

Benco Dental team members Irene Acuesta-Miranda (CenterPoint West/Concierge), Regina Barga (CenterPoint Experience Specialist), Whitney Freeman (Sales/ Southern California) and Chad Carpenter (TIS/Tech Support Manager) greet visitors at the sold out Dr. John C. Kois event "Hit Man vs. Healer" today at #CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA.

Benco Dental team members Irene Acuesta-Miranda (CenterPoint West/Concierge), Regina Barga (CenterPoint Experience Specialist), Whitney Freeman (Sales/ Southern California) and Chad Carpenter (TIS/Tech Support Manager) greet visitors at the sold out Dr. John C. Kois event “Hit Man vs. Healer” today at #CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA.

Students from UCLA School of Dentistry were in attendance to garner insight from Dr. John Kois at his seminar, “Hit Man vs. Healer,” September 5 in Costa Mesa, California.

The sold-out event, hosted by the nation’s fastest growing dental distribution company, Benco Dental, offered discussion on Implementing a Risk Assessment Strategy from a restorative dentistry expert.

Dr. Kois explained, at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint West facility, that “much of dentists’ clinical decision making remains emotionally-driven and empirical.” Seminar participants learned: the four most important diagnostic categories, how to develop critical risk parameters, and treatment planning strategies that reduce hindrances to proper diagnoses.

For details on future seminars, visit benco.com or koiscenter.com

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Intimate setting for the sold-out seminar Hit-Man vs. Healer by Dr. John Kois at CenterPoint West in Costa Mesa, California.

 

 

 

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine

Dentistry is seeing huge paradigm shifts and being challenged to change. Many dental practices are seeing a significant impact to their revenue and case acceptance. According to a recent CRA report, 91% of dentists are feeling impacted by the economy. Out of those, only 50% are doing anything to change to meet the demands.

By Lisa Philp, RDH, President of Transitions Group North America

Lisa Philp, RDH, CMC

Lisa Philp, RDH, CMC

Dentistry is seeing huge paradigm shifts and being challenged to change. Many dental practices are seeing a significant impact to their revenue and case acceptance. According to a recent CRA report, 91% of dentists are feeling impacted by the economy. Out of those, only 50% are doing anything to change to meet the demands.

An inspiring mission and vision:

Because the prospect of change is so frightening, people need not only have an urgent need to leave the past, but the prospect of an unquestionably better future. The stronger the attraction of the future, the greater will be the energy people exert to work toward it.

Envision the vision: Imagine it’s five years from now. The practice has operated from a vision and we are known in our community as that vision. Ask the team and yourself. “What are people saying about us? What are our clients telling neighbors? What are we saying? What are we providing for our patients?”

Outline all possibilities via brainstorming for words and phrases that capture the group’s foresight. These examples “seed” the process. Remember, during brainstorming, everything is acceptable.
* Instruct people to listen for words or phrases that inspire them.
* Lead by example without dominating.
* If the conversation slows, call on strong team members. This step takes 10 to 30 minutes.
Your “vision wall” will be filled with such words and phrases as leadership, caring, high-quality dentistry, excellence, community involvement, compassion, patient education, great patient service, financial integrity and cutting-edge technology. Brainstorming provides raw material to shape your vision statements.

Capture the vision: After creating drafts, ask each group to share their team’s vision statement. Listen for things that excite them. One vision statement may stand out. More likely, the final version will come from a combination of two or more. Let the team nominate the statement that most reflects the values of the practice. By the end of this process, you will have created an amazing mission statement for the practice, and everyone will helped create the concept.

When your vision guides daily decisions, you’ll take control of your practice.

Is Vaseline® ADA recommended for a pageant-winning smile?

Mass Dental Society ‏@MassDental offers a nod to Harvard Dental student Lauren Kuhn, who will represent Massachusetts tonight in the Miss America Pageant.

CAPTION: Mass Dental Society ‏@MassDental offers a nod to Harvard School of Dental Medicine student Lauren Kuhn, who will represent Massachusetts tonight in the Miss America Pageant. 

Yesterday amidst floats, bands, and military heroes, a member of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2017 rode past thousands of cheering fans at New Jersey’s Atlantic City boardwalk.

Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, photo courtesy Tony Bowls, will compete tonight  for the title of 2015 Miss America.

Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, photo courtesy Tony Bowls, will compete tonight for the title of 2015 Miss America.

Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade #ShowUsYourShoes introduced the competition’s 53 State and The Territory contestants, including Massachusetts dental student Lauren Kuhn @MissMA2014.

On ABC tonight, Sunday, September 14, starting at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) watch the Boston resident showcase her talent on piano and find out if she will be crowned Miss America 2015.

Who better than a Toyota Community Scholar and Coca-Cola Scholar to share thoughts on her personal platforms “The Opportunity of Education” and “Encouraging Today’s Young Women”? The 23-year-old Boston resident also champions the Children’s Miracle Network.

In the “2015: Top Picks to Win” story by Amy Kuperinsky for NJ.com, Kuhn was spotlighted as a contender who “leans in the direction” of the pageant’s emphasis on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and careers for women. Kuperinsky @AmyKup mentions that The Harvard University student aims to open a dental practice in a low-income community.

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Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, was awarded $35,000 in scholarships which she says will help offset costs of her dental education.

See Kuhn’s selection as a semifinalist, and listen as she shares her thoughts on the $35,000 in scholarships she was awarded as part of the process in a video on her website produced by RenderEdgeMedia.com:

View all contestant videos at YouTube.com/MissAmericaOrg. Join the #MissAmerica conversation on social media at Facebook.com/MissAmerica, Twitter@MissAmerica and @MissAmericaOrg, Instagram missamericaorg, and YouTube.com/MissAmericaOrg.

It’s time to stop lying.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shared this humorous take on flossing pic.twitter.com/32IAeYLkN2

A glance at flossing by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry @TheAACD may elicit a laugh, but only because it’s not far from the truth. Their disproportionate pie chart suggests that more people are more likely to admit their age or weight than a dirty little secret: daily flossing is not part of the routine.

Meanwhile, studies and research continue to suggest poor oral health as the unexpected gateway to everything from erectile dysfunction, dementia, pneumonia, pregnancy complications and the obvious path to bad breath, tooth loss and gum disease.

Lauren F. Friedman extrapolates on those topics as part of Businessinsider.com’s “13 Awful Things That Happen If You Don’t Brush and Floss Your Teeth.”

This suggests that maybe it’s time to face the truth and help your patients do the same.

Maybe the answer is to fight flossing procrastination with fun:
GumChucks Kids, The Ultimate Attack on Plaque® features a two-handle system, with disposable tips connected by a piece of dental floss.

Or find a workable path to incorporating floss into your day. In his HuffingtonPost.com column  “How to Make Flossing A Habit,”  Dr.   suggests that even a small step, such as sticking a blank note to a bathroom mirror, will act as a reminder and encourage the positive process.

The founder of @askthedentist references Pulitzer prize-winning reporter  Charles Duhigg’s @cduhigg book, The Power of Habit.