Put your money where your mouth is?

Photo courtesy Reinast

The Olympic Torch Cauldron. World’s lightest bicycle. The body of Apple’s PowerBook line. SR-71 “Blackbird” war plane. The Reinast toothbrush?

It was only a matter of time before a new use for the fourth most abundant, yet difficult to isolate metal came to light in the form of a luxury dental product.

Released in 2013 and touted by its creators as the “first everlasting hygienic toothbrush” this marvel of German engineering took more than four years to create and starts at  $4,320.

In an interview with gizmodo.com, Reinast designers explained the inspiration behind its curvaceously designed handle: a miswak branch, which presented as one of the earliest forms of tooth hygiene in ancient Egypt.

Reinast custom built a diamond-embedded version of the toothbrush for a Middle Eastern sultanate, according to gizmodo.com’s report, in line with the toothbrush creator’s vision for its ideal purchaser, as described by Chief Technology Officer Dr. Djorde Djokovic:

“The type of client we have in mind and are currently selling to are those with an incredibly high net-worth. People who have their own yachts, people who have their own private jets—it’s for people who can spend this amount of money on a product they deem beautiful. And one that doesn’t exist on the market elsewhere.”

To view an illustration of how many standard toothbrushes you could buy for just the initial cost of the Reinast Luxury Toothbrush, visit: gizmodo.com

Learn the hygienic and medical advancements of its antibacterial properties and experience the luxury of it presentation at: http://www.reinast.com/experience

Over 29 percent of adults have untreated cavities


To date, Dentistry from the Heart has helped more than 5,000 patients nationwide and provided over $1 million in dental care.

Dr. Susan Dennis, a leading dental care provider, aimed to change lives by offering free smiles to anyone in need, as she hosted a Dentistry from the Heart event October 11 at her office in Portage, Michigan.

“There are many families here in Southwest Michigan who need care for their smiles, but have no means to afford a visit to a qualified dental professional,”  Dr. Dennis told comvoicesonline.com. “As a team, we are excited to use our dental skills for the missions outreach. We do not need to leave our valued community to find people in need of important basic services. We are looking forward to serving these friends and neighbors right here in our office.”

Dr. Dennis, D.D.S. places a top priority on personalized patient care in a comfortable environment. The goal of her dentistry team is to help patients obtain the healthiest, most beautiful smile possible. Experienced professionals provide services using the latest innovations in treatment and technology.

She thanked the local businesses that have donated and displayed their support of this event including: Harding’s (Woodbridge and Crossroads), Center For Natural Healing and Nutrition, Dunkin Donuts, Taste of Heaven, Portage D & W, Little Caesars, Meijer (Shaver Road), Caricatures by Gene, Big Apple Bagels, Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders, Sam’s Club, Jersey Giant SUBS!, Ron’s Beans, Great Harvest Bread Co., Subway (Lovers Lane), Coachlite Cutters I & II, Benco Dental, Heidi Heimbuch-BeautiControl, Blonde Ambitionz, Phantasic Nail, Kalamazoo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C., Yoga Drift by Christine Peckels, Tina Downs at Studio 24 and The Copacetics.

To view more of the story visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12237229.htm

Eight innovators invited to follow path of ‘The Woman Who Pulls Teeth’

In Dr. Lucy Hobbs' early years in dentistry, she made dentures for people. She used a file to carve materials such as ivory into a tooth or a whole set of teeth. (Photo courtesy http://smithjenn.wordpress.com)

Assorted dental instruments used during the era of Dr. Lucy Hobbs appear rudimentary by today’s standards. But as a dental pioneer, the native New Yorker embraced the innovations available to her.

After being refused admission to the dental college because of her gender — Lucy Beaman Hobbs, then 28, opened her own dental practice in Cincinnati in the spring of 1861, according to the watkinsmuseum.org.

Dr. Hobbs later moved her practice to Bellevue, Iowa (1862) and then to McGregor, Iowa (1862-1865). In time, she came to be known by what sounded like a translated Native American name — “the woman who pulls teeth.”

The Lucy Hobbs Project™ introduces an Innovation Team event at which attendees are invited to help shape the future for female dentists. On Friday, November 7, at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, industry developers, including the KaVo Kerr Group, invite dental industry professionals to share ideas and feedback on current equipment and help design products to better meet dentists’ needs.

The Lucy Hobbs Project™ empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back.

Only eight seats remain for the event, so women in dentistry are requested to register at: www.lhpinnovation.eventbrite.com

There is no fee for this event. Please note: Benco Dental is compliant with all Sunshine Act policies and procedures.

Innovation Session! Share your ideas and feedback on current equipment and help us design products to better meet your needs. Register today!

Want to breathe a little easier? Penn Medicine is working on it.

Tongue depressor

A new study in Philadelphia might be of interest to 78.6 million adults in the U.S. (the population considered to be obese based on a body mass index of 30 or higher.)*

Having a larger tongue with increased levels of fat may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in obese adults, suggests a new Penn Medicine study published this month in the journal Sleep.

Though OSA affects more than 15 million adult Americans, the number of OSA cases is rising, mirroring the increasing weight of the average individual.

“This is the first study that examined OSA patients and found higher fat deposits in obstructive sleep apnea patients than in those without OSA,” said Richard J. Schwab, MD, professor of Medicine in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology.

“Previous studies showed that the human tongue has a high percentage of fat, and that tongue fat and tongue weight were positively correlated with the degree of obesity,” according to the study’s senior author

Authors note that further studies are needed to determine if weight loss decreases tongue fat, and whether improvements in sleep-disordered breathing are associated with changes in tongue fat.

Other Penn coauthors are Andrew M. Kim, Brendan T. Keenan, Nicholas Jackson, Eugenia L. Chan, Bethany Staley, Harish Poptani, Drew A. Torigian, and Allan I. Pack.

Another sleep expert weighs in and suggests the study might support evaluation of tongue size in health screenings of certain patients.

“Tongue size is one of the physical features that should be evaluated by a physician when screening obese patients to determine their risk for obstructive sleep apnea,” said American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler.  “Effective identification and treatment of sleep apnea is essential to optimally manage other conditions associated with this chronic disease, including high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression.”

* The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of nationally representative data in 2011 and 2012 reported that nearly 35 percent of U.S. adults  are obese.



The Pinnacle of perfection.

GC Prostho Research Center, designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, houses advanced laboratory and office facilities in Kasugai, Japan. Its exhibition space served as host location for the commemoration of the company's 50th anniversary.

CAPTION: GC Prostho Research Center, shown, houses advanced laboratory and office facilities in Kasugai, Japan.

GC America, Inc. is the first dental enterprise in the United States and only the fourth company in the United States to earn the prestigious Deming Prize.

The oldest and most widely recognized TQM (Total Quality Management) quality award in the world, the Deming Prize was established in 1951 in commemoration of the late Dr. William Edwards Deming, who contributed greatly to Japan’s proliferation of statistical quality control. His teachings helped Japan’s industries become recognized as delivering the highest quality in the world.

The Deming Prize is presented to an organization that has implemented TQM at its highest level. TQM is a set of systematic activities carried out by the entire organization to effectively and efficiently achieve the organization’s objectives, so as to provide products and services with a level of quality that satisfies customers.

GC Corporation recently celebrated over 93 years as a leader in innovation and technology of dental materials. In 1921, three young Japanese chemists in Tokyo laid the foundation of what today can be considered as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dental products with nearly 2,600 associates and production sites in Japan, United States, China and Europe.

GC Corporation in Japan acquired the Deming Prize in 2000 and the Deming Grand Prize (former Japan Quality Medal), the highest prize of quality management in 2004. In 2003, GC Dental Products Corp acquired the Deming Prize and GC Dental (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. was awarded as well in 2010 as the first company in China. In 2012, Mr. Makoto Nakao, Chairman of GC Corporation, received the Deming Prize for Individuals. The Deming Prize for Individuals was given to Mr. Nakao because he has promoted GQM (GC’s TQM) as the core management systems in the GC group’s worldwide organizations.

For more information on GC America and its complete product line, visit http://www.gcamerica.com