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.




1800s Britain: Was the dentist also your blacksmith? Yeah, baby.

Despite his poor oral hygiene, Mike Myers as Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, never lacked a date.

Proper dentists didn’t exist across the pond until the 1800s. Prior, the care of Britains’s mouths was in the hands of blacksmiths and barbers who doubled as surgeons.

Want all the grisly details?

Historian Professor Joanna Bourke presents a new documentary on the history of dentistry in Britain: Drills, Dentures and Dentistry: An Oral History, BBC Four, March 30.

You may be familiar with the inventor of the first toothbrush (William Addis, in 1780,) but were you aware that in the 1600s it was believed that a toothache was caused by a worm burrowing in the jaw?

Or that in 1771 John Hunter, a failed doctor who devised names for teeth that are still used today, proposed transplanting teeth from the living and the dead? The craze became such that in 1815 when 50,000 men died at the Battle of Waterloo, even the toothless middle classes could afford teeth, according to express.co.uk

Writer, historian and author of the BBC’s ‘Eyewitness’ audiobooks, Professor Joanna Bourke, investigates dentistry’s revolution over the past five centuries. (Photo courtesy bbc.co.uk)

Before today’s minty fresh mouth cleansers, abrasives such as ground-up oyster shells were placed on the finger and rubbed into teeth. Since this technique scraped away the enamel, exposing the nerves, it didn’t last long.

Time marched on, as did modern dentistry, but in the early 20th century, oral health treatment was still so expensive that some opted to have all their teeth pulled to spare themselves a lifetime of pain.

In her interview with express.co.uk, Professor Bourke says: “Having all your teeth removed was considered the perfect gift for a 21st birthday or a newly married bride.” Porridge, anyone?

If this taste of British history leaves you wanting a full serving, tune in March 30.


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.

Think you’re too busy for a practice redesign?


Dr. Mark Tholen will help dentists discover the “Design Secrets of the Highly Productive Practice” as well as share a ROI formula for those considering new construction or redesign.

Two days remain to sign up for the CenterPoint Design Seminar  April 9 and 10  at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Orange County showroom in Costa Mesa, California.

The seminar focus and resources include:

  • Discovering the Design Secrets of the Highly Productive Practice
  • Examining Ergonomics of the Operatory
  • Cost Segregating & Real Estate
  • Marketing Tools
  • The Power of Interior Design
  • Construction & Project Timeline
  • Demographics

In addition to keynote speaker Dr. Tholen, the seminar features guest speakers from Transitions North America, Cain Watters, Doctor Demographics, Clarion Financial, Pelton and Crane and CenterPoint Design and Construction.


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/