Sensitive teeth? May the force be with you.

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Originally posted on thedailyfloss.com:

If Han Solo had transformed his laser gun to a toothbrush, could he have avoided dentin hypersensitivity (DH)? Inquiring minds want to know.
The potential of laser technology in dentistry is vast as the Jedi Archives. An in-depth report by DrBiCuspid.com Associate Editor Rob Goszkowski reviews the results of Korean researchers who have tested the concept of attaching a laser to a toothbrush to help reduce DH.

“The prospective, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial is the first to examine the ability of low-level laser therapy delivered for DH with visible diode lasers.”

Success? Find the results and full details of the process at: http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=hyg&pag=dis&ItemID=315972

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Chopper delivers ‘awesome feeling’ to Virginia Beach

Lucy Hobbs Project

Every day since receiving a December phone call, Pungo, Va. resident Dora Scott recalls what she describes as “an awesome feeling.” 

The office administrator at Smile with Style in Virginia Beach recently won a nationwide raffle. The $150,000 prize that arrived at her office Feb. 26: an original chopper custom-built by renowned designer Paul Teutul Jr., who rose to fame on the reality show American Chopper and now oversees a business empire of custom bikes, clothing and other gear.

“When I saw the caller ID was Pennsylvania, my heart about jumped out of my chest. I knew immediately what I had won… I was over-the-top excited,” said Scott, one of 2,000 people to purchase a raffle ticket from Benco Dental, a dental distribution company with headquarters in Pa.

A raffle for the bike launched April 10, 2013, at an event in Costa Mesa, CA.  The limited ticket sale net proceeds will benefit Smiles for Success, a 501c3 foundation of the American Association of Women Dentists, which helps provide women with cost-free dental care. Continue reading

Options in Dental Implantology

Dr. Samuel Lee, leader in implant dentistry, launches a new technique in implant dentistry called Palatal Denture Stabilizer during Megagen's Annual Symposium in Jeju, South Korea.

For hands-on learners who seek live patient surgery experience, mini residency programs may be a perfect fit. Through the International Academy of Dental Implantology (IADI), Dr. Samuel Lee has been offering four and five-day mini-residency implant training across the globe. This spring and summer, opportunities include sessions in Tecate, Mexico; Santiago, Chile and Dongyang, China.

Another option, the cadaver three-day course, will be held at the Dental Implant Center in Burlington, Mass., in June and December of this year and features topics such as the crestal window through the socket, the lateral window technique, connective tissue harvest and palatal implant, to name a few.
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Reinvention at the convention: Kenny Loggins avoids ‘Danger Zone’ of complacency

In the photo, Kenny Loggins is on the left, Georgia Middleman is in the middle, and Gary Burr is on the right.

By Chuck Cohen/ Managing Director, Benco Dental

Last week, I was privileged to attend the annual Seattle Study Club Symposium in Scottsdale.  I attend about 10 dental meetings a year, and the SSC Symposium is, by far, the finest.  Not only does the program feature world-class clinical lectures and inspirational, non-clinical keynotes, the SSC team is famed for its memorable evening entertainment.

I was super excited when I heard that 1970s singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins was booked for this year’s Symposium.  You see, I’m a Kenny Loggins fan from way back.  Before Footloose.  Even before Caddyshack.  I mean, way back to Loggins & Messina’s 1972 rock hit Your Mama Don’t Dance.  I’m proud to report that I’ve attended several of his concerts over the years, including one in the late 1980s when he packed New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

So, imagine my surprise when Loggins appeared on stage not as a solo act, but as a member of a country band called the Blue Sky Riders.  And, instead of an evening of recycled 70s folk rock tunes, we were treated to fresh country songs from their new album ‘Finally Home.’  I think it’s safe to say that no one in the audience of about 250 had ever before heard any of the songs, except for the Loggins classic ‘House at Pooh Corner,’ which he offered as a mid-concert appeasement to nostalgic fans like me.

I admit that I was disappointed for the first half-hour of the concert.  I wanted a Ricky Nelson style ‘Garden Party,’ where Loggins ‘played them all the old songs, thought that’s why they came.’  Then, as I watched this little-known Nashville band charm the crowd into enjoying music from their obscure new album, I realized that I was witnessing an inspiring life lesson.  As Loggins told the story from the stage, a good friend said he was crazy to start a band at 66 years old, an age when most people are collecting Social Security.  But he did it anyway.

While contemporaries like James Taylor and Jackson Browne are cashing checks by reliving the 1970s for Baby Boomers across the country, Kenny Loggins is headed down a different path.  New band.  New genre (pure country, this time).  Small clubs.  Tour buses instead of planes.  Tiny crowds, with old fans (like me) that have to be won over, night after night.

The concert was great, even if the music was unfamiliar.  The lesson about taking risks and starting over was even better.  I hope I remember it when I’m 66.

(In the photo, Kenny Loggins is on the left, Georgia Middleman is in the middle, and Gary Burr is on the right.)

The path to pop culture stardom is paved with orthodontic materials.

Braced-Lets shown on two wrists.

If there exists a magic formula to becoming an overnight sensation, the creators of Braced-Lets must surely have it filed in their archives.

Launched in 2011, the “bracelets for all ages, crafted entirely out of brand new, authentic orthodontic materials” received a meteoric rise to celebrity status that mirrors that of the bubble gum pop stars who sport the accessories.

From the moment the stretchy sensations evolved from a collaboration of orthodontist and artist – sisters, of course, Dr. Jennifer Salzer and Lulu Frost jewelry designer Lisa Salzer – they took center stage. (Let’s not forget the valuable input from Dr. Salzer’s associate Dr. Marc Lemchen.)

The $5 fad earned mentions from MTV Style, New York Times T Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar in 2011, and was rocketed to stardom in Katy Perry’s Wide Awake video less than a year later.

Since then, they’ve been spotted on the wrist of Disney Radio’s Ashlee Keating, among other young celebs.

One hit wonder? We think not.

Most recently, in early 2013, they earned a nod from Newsday when they were included among the Hottest Toys at Manhattan’s Toy Fair 2013.

Where are they now? Part of the social media satellite, of course. Facebook, Twitter.

And on the must-have lists of tweens across the country.