Dressing down pumps up awareness

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Efforts to create awareness of colon cancer have taken giant leaps in Northeast Pennsylvania, thanks to C.A.S.U.A.L. Day (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) and the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Annually, the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute hosts an event in March in memory of Helen Phillips, a courageous woman who fought a battle against colon cancer and died in the summer of 2002. Organizations or businesses involved in C.A.S.U.A.L. Day, can potentially save the lives of friends, co-workers, and family by raising awareness of proper screening guidelines and preventative measures. By donating funds to dress C.A.S.U.A.L., they not only spread the word about colorectal cancer prevention and screening, but also raise money for the cause.

Colon and rectal cancers are one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania, with incidence rates 10% above the United States average.
One national dental distribution company with its home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania has participated the past few years.

Benco Dental Culture and People Talent Specialist Florence Marchesano was recently interviewed on the company’s efforts and how she got involved with C.A.S.U.A.L. Day.

How did you first hear about CASUAL Day?
I heard about CASUAL Day through one of my previous mentors from The University of Scranton. He told me about the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and about CASUAL Day and when he heard that I would be one of the leaders of the Community Boosters with Benco.

Why do you participate in CASUAL Day?
I asked if we could participate in CASUAL Day at Benco because raising awareness for this particular cause is close to my heart. My mom passed away from colon cancer when I was 16. Giving back is a part of Benco’s culture. Our associates are very generous to numerous charities throughout the year and Benco matches our associates’ donations dollar for dollar.

What is your favorite part about being a team captain?
My favorite part about being a team captain for CASUAL Day is hearing why this cause is important to our team. When the associates come in to place their orders for CASUAL Day, they always share with me why they’re happy to participate – whether it’s in honor of or in memory of someone, or just because!

To read the full story: http://cancernepa.org/news/benco-dental-supports-casual-day-2/

ADA prepares for ‘Navigating The Sea of Genomic Data’


According to ADA.org’s Michelle Manchir, the ADA is hosting a first-of-its-kind meeting in October about current issues involved in genetic testing and the expectations for genetics in dentistry.

Academicians, dental practitioners, regulatory bodies and leaders of professional dental organizations are encouraged to attend the conference scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at the Association Headquarters in Chicago.

The purpose of the conference is to develop guidance for interested parties that can be used to inform and assess the design and analysis of genomic studies of oral diseases, according to conference co-chairs, Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA Chief Science Officer, and Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association and professor of oral medicine and dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Thomas Hart, program coordinator for the conference and chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, said the conference is important because it will be the first time renowned genomic experts have come together to discuss pressing issues related to genetic testing in the context of dentistry. Dr. Hart is also the director of the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center.

“They will discuss significant changes in our understanding of genomics and how genes contribute to disease,” Dr. Hart said. “Additionally, they will discuss the issues that the dental community needs to understand to develop and implement safe and effective genetic tests to improve clinical care.”

Dr. Hart added that many challenges dentists face in incorporating genomics into clinical practice are shared by clinicians in other areas in medicine.

At the conference, “we will see that we are not alone in facing these challenges, and that by working together and sharing experiences we will succeed,” Dr. Hart said.

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Dentists earns some well-warranted airtime.

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It won’t be long before dentists stroll down the red carpet at the Emmys. Practitioners are already taking over prime time.
According to a DrBicuspid Staff report, Lifetime’s new reality show, “Smile,” which premiered on May 28 and focuses on changing the lives of people with severe aesthetic dental problems, will continue airing on Thursday nights in June at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

dr-ravon_0 Nicolas Ravon, DDS, was featured on the June 4 episode of ‘Smile’.

During the show, dentists from across the U.S. work with 12 patients who struggle because of pain and embarrassment from their teeth.

Nicolas Ravon, DDS, who was featured on the June 4 episode, stated, “By restoring their teeth, we empower the people hidden behind the smile.”

View before and after photos at: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/smile/photos/before-and-after-pictures#id=6

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BY ALISON MAJIKES/ Special to theDailyFloss.com

Many young people today may be dreaming of becoming a dentist or hygienist when they grow up, but in reality, going to school for a career in the dental field can be a bit pricey, making that dream unattainable for some.

Lucky for the future dentists and hygienists, an article on www.usnews.com (US News and Word Report) recently posted an article with scholarship opportunities for dental programs around the country.

The article mentions that when searching potential scholarships for which to apply, a student’s first stop should be the American Dental Association.

“The ADA Foundation supports oral health education programs through various grants, scholarships and awards – many of which you could be eligible for.”

Researching scholarships should be one of the first items on the to-do list of a dental student, considering the average dental student graduates with more than $200,000 worth of debt.

After you check the ADA website, head on over to the American Dental Education Association, which offers many different scholarships to students pursuing careers in the dental industry.

The dental world is full of scholarships for young, eager students —all they need to do is a little research. To find out more about what’s available, follow the links below:





Who’s dancing at Rutgers? Graduating dental students, of course.

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Dental students are never too busy to dance. At least those preparing to celebrate their commencement at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

In a feature by Kathleen O’Brien for NJ.com, the reporter highlighted a six-minute video set to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” in which the 107 graduates appeared. She also shared some inspiring statistics regarding the class that Kim Fenesy, senior associate dean for academic affairs, described at graduation.

Among them:

• Sixty percent are their family’s first generation of doctors and 9 percent are the first generation in the family to go to college.

• For more than half, English is their family’s second language.

• Class members range in age from mid-twenties to mid-forties.

• Graduating students from the Internationally Trained DMD program came from 12 different nations: Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Russian Federation and the Ukraine.

Plenty of reasons to get up and dance.

Another interesting stat: Women comprise half the school’s student body.

This, according to Incisal Edge‘s Alexandra Levine’s recent interview with Dean Cecile Feldman, who graduated in the 1980s when her classmates were roughly 75 percent male. Dean Feldman discussed the newly-merged Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, which brought together two medical schools, a nursing school, a dental school, a public-health school and a graduate school in just 12 months.

In July 2013, the New Jersey Dental School officially became part of Rutgers University and changed its name to the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine to more accurately portray dentistry as a field rooted in biomedical science, Dean Feldman told the dental lifestyle magazine.

“The merger worked, and it’s now an opportunity to reimagine how we want things to work here,” says Dr. Feldman.

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