Women in dentistry: Share your style.

Dress for Success

Spend an evening with an ‘Influential Woman’  and boost the spirits of women in need.

Members of the dental industry are invited to attend a gathering that will offer a unique opportunity to gain skills in leadership and strategic planning, October 23 in Rochester, New York. Hosted by Benco Dental at Pomodoro, 3400 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Lucy Hobbs Project™ event will feature Sarah Anders, Senior Vice President of North America Sales for Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.  who was recognized in 2013 as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry.

Members of the dental industry are invited at no charge, but each attendee is asked to bring a gently used outfit to benefit Dress for Success Rochester.

At Pomodoro, light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available.  Space is limited. For details regarding this event or to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lucy-hobbs-networking-event-rochester-ny-tickets-13068374861

Named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, The Lucy Hobbs Project™ inspires women in the profession to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Dr. Hobbs, denied access to education because of her gender, learned dentistry with the assist of a mentor, through apprenticeship, and eventually graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. Free to join, the project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry.  To sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit: thelucyhobbsproject.com

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Does a dentist need a suit of armor?


Studies suggest a link between anger and teeth grinding that can result in bruxism.

But anger that results in the injury of a dentist? That might be linked to a tooth infection.

At least in the case of a Pennsylvania man who, according to an Associated Press report, says he assaulted his dentist with a tire iron because he was angry that the dentist wanted to prescribe antibiotics rather than pull an infected tooth.

In an Erie Times-News story, Erie police say 30-year-old Philip Kienholz “cornered the dentist while he was treating a juvenile patient, then hit the doctor in the wrist with the tire iron before running away.”

During his sentencing (16 months to four years in state prison), Keinholz offered the explanation Tuesday that he assaulted his dentist because “he couldn’t afford dental treatment and knew he’d get it in prison.”

According to the report, the Erie man had pleaded guilty but mentally ill in September to charges of aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime.

Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

Past, present and future of dentistry.

Dr. H. Paul Hufham III and his Friendly Benco Rep Doug Yeager standing in Dr. Hufham’s mini-dental museum.

CAPTION:  H. Paul Hufham III and his Friendly Benco Dental Rep Doug Yeager standing in Dr. Hufham’s Dothan, Alabama, mini-dental museum.

By Chuck Cohen / Benco Dental Managing Director

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of visiting the office of Dr. H. Paul Hufham III in Dothan, AL.  In addition to having a beautiful, large and very busy office, Dr. Hufham has one of the coolest mini-dental museums that I’ve ever seen.  He’s a third-generation Alabama dentist, and he’s taken his grandfather’s dental equipment and put it on display for all of his patients.  It’s wonderful to see how the past, present and future come together in Dr. Hufham’s office!


Third-generation Alabama dentist, Dr. H. Paul Hufham III, with his grandfather’s dental equipment, on display for all of his patients in Dothan.

Third-generation Alabama dentist, Dr. H. Paul Hufham III, with his grandfather’s dental equipment, on display for all of his patients in Dothan.

Glad this isn’t your patient?

pumpkin teeth

It might be a perfect way for budding young dentists to get a jump start on the trade.

Offering leading edge cosmetic dentistry, The Original Pumpkin Teeth bring a mouth to life in two shades of the finest plastic: white or glow-in-the-dark.

Simple sizing —  small, medium, large –and limited styles (buck and fang) keep confusion to a minimum.

The best part: affordability. Who can dispute an entire set in the $3.00 range?

Re-usable? Check.

Spooktastic? Your call.



Doc of all trades, master of fun


Professional singer and actor, sports commentator and … pediatric dentist?

Meet Dr. Howard Elson, whose musical comedy dental show features routines like “TMJ,” “Dental Blues,” and “The Perfect Receptionist.”

Perhaps you already have made his acquaintance, since the Pennsylvania-based practitioner has entertained  at The Academy of General Dentistry National Convention, The Pennsylvania Dental Association State Meeting and the University of Alabama Dental Alumni Association.

Or if you’re a native New Yorker, you may have been privy to a performance during his circuit in the city’s clubs where he cut his teeth in the entertainment industry to subsidize his dental school expenses.

Dr. Elson has been singing, acting and performing professionally for over 40 years, starting with singing himself through college and dental school by performing in New York City nightclubs and Catskill Mountain resorts.

Over the years, the talented DMD balanced caring for patients at his McKeesport, Pennsylvania, practice and starring as Tevye in Pittsburgh Musical Theatre‘s Fiddler on the Roof, among other productions. Oh, and he managed to find time to weigh in with sports talk as KDKA radio’s award-winning commentator with his In The Cheap Seats segments.

Hear a sample of his comedy at: http://www.thedentalshow.com/drelson.mp3  and find out how to sign him on for some laughs at your next state and local dental meetings, alumni functions, staff appreciation dinners, and honor society breakfasts at: