An app that will make you wish you were five again.

The free Disney Magic Timer™ by Oral-B® app, which appeals to ages 2-7, is considered the “Best New App” for “Kids.”

Featuring 16 of children’s favorite Disney and Marvel characters, use this app to effortlessly encourage your patients to brush longer. They can collect a new digital sticker after each successful two minutes of brushing; track progress with stars and milestone badges on the Brushing Calendar.

Characters featured are: Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates), James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, Belle, Lightning McQueen, Ariel, Dusty, Cinderella, Tinker Bell, Rapunzel, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America.

Three easy steps make the magic happen:
1. Download the Disney Magic Timer™ app by Oral-B®
2. Scan any Crest or Oral-B Pro-Health Stages product with an iPad, iPhone or iTouch
3. Favorite characters come to life.

The creators invite your patients’ success stories with the new app through: @oralb

View more details at:


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

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:

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 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,

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.