Bringing positive energy to the dental practice

According to, 
Dr. Peter Igoe considers his new dental office more of a "wellness center." 
(Photo courtesy Tom Rivers)

As a dentist, you might not be neighbors and partners with a yoga studio, but you can benefit from a few tips from Dr. Peter Igoe.

This Western New York practitioner, shown above in a photo courtesy of, believes in whole body health, which means that your teeth are related to your overall whole body health: healthy teeth equals healthy body.

A recent shift in his practice location offers a significant benefit.

“There’s a positive energy, a positive atmosphere,” Dr. Igoe told Jim Krencik of in a recent interview.

Dr. Igoe references the connection between a business that began shareing a roof with his practice in 2015:  Igoe 2 Yoga,  his wife Laura’s studio.

According to, the couple is making full use of their new West Center Street Extension building, a 3,325-square-foot building with the yoga studio and dental office sharing space to encourage a connection between dental and full-body health.

As a dentist, he offers a number of comfort-enhancing options at his new office in Medina, and it’s no stretch to assume his wife’s business does the same. Dr. Igoe’s patients benefits from:

* wide windows, which offer a view of the Erie Canal from the five dental hygiene and operatory rooms.

* space planning, which  creates efficiency and time savings. A CAD/CAM milling unit that turns ceramic blocks into implants sits a short walk away the operatory room where teeth are X-rayed by a handheld, digital unit and crowns designed on a computer inside the room.

* informed patients, courtesy of televisions that can be swung to display x-rays and explanatory videos.

Be inspired by more of Dr. Igoe’s adaptations at:

Visit in person: Dr. Peter C. Igoe DDS Complete Health Dentistry and Igoe 2 Yoga, 11065 West Center St. Ext., Medina, will host an open house on Feb. 5. For more information about their businesses, visit or

Good news for teeth in Kansas

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The state that served as home to the practice of first female dentist, Lucy Hobbs, is shifting gears for its dental hygiene students.

The Kansas Board of Regents recently recommended that all dental hygiene programs in the state align, which could inadvertently open more spots for those interested in pursuing the competitive field.

“Within the last five years there were 44,000 qualified applicants that applied to dental hygiene programs across the state and there were only 7,000 openings,” said Cheryl Bosilijevac, registered dental hygienist, one of two full-time staff members at Flint Hills Technical College. “It is really competitive.”

According to ental hygiene programs are few and far between in Kansas. One of the seven available programs is located at Flint Hills.

In an interview with Wagoner, Rhonda Weatherbie, a registered dental hygienist and another of Flint Hills two full-time staff members discussed the requirement changes and how they will affect the program there.

“The problem is that the program at FHTC was accredited unlike any other program in the state,” Weatherbie said. “We have what they call a one plus one program.”

Currently, students go through the first year of dental assisting and then a year of dental hygiene. Other programs throughout the state require two years of dental hygiene.

“We are now being required to go to the two-year program rather than the one plus one,” Weatherbie said.

The requirement changes requested by the Kansas Board of Regents will result in not only a need for more faculty, but will lead to curriculum changes and the need for location expansion.

Read more about the changes in Kansas and the need for support and funds for the dental hygiene program at Flint Hills:




Don’t wait. Another reason to tackle gum disease pronto.

HIV-infected H9 T cell

Dental and medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University discovered that byproducts of bacteria in gum disease, called metabolic small chain fatty acid (SCFA), can work together to wake up HIV in dormant T-cells and cause the virus to replicate.

Their findings help explain why people with the HIV -infections and periodontal disease have higher levels of the virus in their saliva than HIV patients with healthy gums. For dental patients with HIV, it shows how important it is to treat bacterial infections in gum disease early.

“This interaction by SCFA and T-cells surprised co-investigators Fengchun Ye, assistant professor of biological sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, and Jonathan Karn, director of the Center for Aids Research and professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Case Western Reserve’s medical school,” said Science Daily.

Their findings can be found in the article, “Short chain fatty acids potently induce latent HIV-1 in T-cells by activating P-TEFb and multiple histone modifications,” published in January 2015 in the journal Virology.


Lying through her teeth.


In the Steven Spielberg‘s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, Leonardo DiCaprio portrays a criminal who before his 21st birthday worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and a co-pilot for a major airline using his powers of deception.

His character, loosely based on con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., did it all without the help of YouTube.

He never actually practiced medicine, though.

This week in Thailand, a 21-year-old woman arrested for illegally straightening people’s teeth has told police she learned her skills from the video-sharing website, according to 

Thararat Thaptimtae was arrested after police and public health officials raided a room in a dormitory after responding to complaints that its occupant had been providing illegal dental alignment for vocational students and other teenagers.

Thaweesak Sukkhasem reported police said Thararat, a former vocational student, confessed that she had never studied dentistry or worked at a dental clinic but charged her teenage customers between 800 and 1,200 baht (USD $25 and $37).

Abagnale Jr., who now helps the FBI catch fraudsters, forgers and embezzlers, said his crimes tallied $2.5 million, which today would be about $20 million.


Patriots and Melanie Sanches both made the cut.

Melanie Sanches, D15 and New England Patriots Cheerleader (Photo taken from Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine)

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Cheerleader or Dental Student? Melanie Sanches is both.

This fall, Melanie Sanches, a student in the Tufts Dental Clinic, will spend her time working with patients, learning from the practice coordinators and other faculty members, and preparing for life after graduation.

According to a story by Tufts Dental Medicine, when the New England Patriots (NFL Super Bowl XLIX contenders) play at Gillette Stadium this season, you’ll also find Melanie Sanches, Tufts Class of D2015, on the sidelines as a cheerleader.

Sanches competed in pageants and danced throughout her life, but this was her first attempt at being a cheerleader. Recruited in early May to the cheerleading team for the 2014 – 2015 season, she will be seen on the sidelines at all Patriots home games.

She was one of 28 women from among 320 applicants who made the cut after auditions. Pre-season training included a trip to Cancun to pose for a calendar shoot and that’s when she realized how much fun it was to be a part of that team.

Sanches planned to try out for the previous season, but cancelled when she found out that the auditions were the same day as the D15’s White Coat Ceremony.

Tryouts to be a cheerleader for a professional team are intense and very competitive. Several auditions and three rounds of cuts, culminated in an intensive two-week boot camp with fitness and physical training, choreography, public speaking exercises and promotional appearance training drills.

As of Jan. 18,  Sanches’ Patriots also made the cut – they’ll compete against the Seattle Seahawks Feb. 1 in the Big Game.

Stay tuned.

To read the full story about Melanie Sanches: