Dental students or cinematographers? You decide.

Thanks to Kyle Larsen, you can schedule into your Friday afternoon a review of the Top 5 dental music video parodies of 2014.

From spoofs on multimedia masterpieces like  Michael Jackson vintage “Thriller” (yes, the extended version with Vincent Price voiceover), and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” (earworm alert), dental students across the U.S. brought their A-game.

Larsen, a second year dental student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, shared the selections as part of a year end review for Mouthing Off, the blog of the American Student Dental Association. Many were created for the Memmys, a student-produced video contest hosted by The University of South Carolina School of Medicine. This year’s contest featured 32 entries from health professions schools across the United States. asked Benco Dental Video Production Coordinator Eric Larsen (no relation to the aforementioned blogger) to weigh in on the productions.

Though none are without merit, Benco’s video professional easily narrowed down two favorites:

* Louisiana State University School of Dentistry’s “Preppin’ Caries,” a parody of “Can’t Hold Us,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Marquette University School of Dentistry’s take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” 

Eric Larsen credited the post production work, well composed shots and cinematography or “Preppin’ Caries.”  “I like the toning,” he added.

Though they lost a point for lack of original lyrics, #MarquetteASDA’s Steadicam mastery and ability to shoot the well-choreographed explosion of energy in possibly two takes won him over.

Personal MolarMuse highpoints:

* The blooper reel by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Dental Class of 2014 following their parody of  “Royals,” by Lorde, and their nod to the Dirty Dancing theme during their credits.

* A dream sequence in LSU’s “Preppin’ Caries,” which intermingles aerial views from a helicopter and a dental student taking down a spooky superhuman molar with a bag of sugar.

* Original music and lyrics by the team at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Nebraska.

Paging Dr. Dan, the comedian man.

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Dr. Daniel Greenstein, aka Dr. Dan, received his dental degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s School of Dental Medicine in 1983. Dr. Dan,  a healthcare comedian, also runs a dental practice in South Florida, which provides him with his comedian skits.

With over three decades in the dental industry, Dr. Dan knows how to see the humor in everyday situations affecting dentists and their staff. He has translated this into a current, relevant and funny show that combines G-rated stand-up comedy and parody songs.

Dr. Dan was a winner on TV’s America’s Funniest People and a finalist in Colgate’s Search for America’s Funniest Dentist. He has also been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” for his one hour-long signature show “Spit Happens!”

Dr. Daniel Greenstein

Dr. Daniel Greenstein

His comedy shows have been presented in front of thousands of doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals around the country for over 20 years. In addition to his industry-specific humor, Dr. Dan also plays piano, adding music into his healthcare comedy routine with funny sing-along parody songs for added entertainment and laughs.

To learn more about Dr. Dan and his dental comedian shows visit:

Dentistry is considered an art as well as a profession

Photo courtesy
Jan Miense Molenaer, The Dentist, 1629

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Works of Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Miense Molenaer and modern day artists Gabrielle Guenther and Gia Adomavicius, portray dentists at work.

According to the blog Directions in Dentistry, Jan Miense Molenaer lived from 1610 to 1668 and created a few different pieces of artwork that depict dentists during that time period.

North Carolina Museum of Art  holds a Teens, Inspired exhibition, where two teens chose Molenaer’s painting to inspire their own works of art.

Gabrielle Guenther, Apex High School, chose Molenaer because of the humorous quality in his work. Guenther chose to modernize this into The Dirty South Dentist.

Gabrielle Guenther, The Dirty South Dentist, 2013

Gabrielle Guenther, The Dirty South Dentist, 2013

Guenther’s work comments on the expensive and painful nature of vanity procedures such as grills (jewelry worn over the teeth, made of precious metals and jewels and popularized by the Dirty South rap and mainstream hip-hop cultures).

Gia Adomavicius, Green Hope High School, also found her inspiration in Molenaer’s work and chose to explore the lack of bonding between technology and mankind. Her Robot Dentist depicts a mechanical dentist, who is showing no emotion, as she inspects a robot’s oral cavity.

Gia Adomavicius, Robot Dentist, 2013

Gia Adomavicius, Robot Dentist, 2013

Even the artist’s personal touch is missing in the clean, precise medium of digital painting. Contrasted against the exaggerated facial expressions of Molenaer’s painting, Adomavicius’s dentist looks at the robot with a detached coldness.

Read more about the student artists at:’s-art/

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Dentures on the nightstand may save lives.


Tongue and denture plaque and gum inflammation might be the least of the worries for some overnight denture wearers.

According to a recent study by International and American Associations for Dental Research @IADR of elders 85 years of age or older, their risk for pneumonia more than doubles if they wear their dentures to bed.

A simple takeaway, according to Frauke Mueller, University of Geneva, Switzerland: denture wearing during the night should be discouraged in geriatric patients.

Read about other findings lead researcher Toshimitsu Iinuma, Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan, gained when he and his team investigated associations between a constellation of oral health behaviors and incidences of pneumonia in the community-living of elders 85 years of age or older:


Ten thousand reasons to celebrate


By the end of a free dental day hosted December 12 in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. H. Peter Ku, assisted by Dr. Laura Jo Klein and Dr. Darrell Pruitt, plus a full staff of dental hygienists and assistants, had performed over $10,000 worth of essential dental procedures and had logged well over 80 man-hours.

Both adults and children were present on the latest free dental day, according to ABC8

They reported that though Dr. Ku’s office lead the charge, he wasn’t working alone. Ora-Pharma donated lunches, and Benco Dental provided free dental supplies, helping to ensure that everyone could receive treatment.  Thanks to the generosity of local businesses Dealer Alternative and One Stop Printing, each patient left with a bag full of fun goodies.

For a dose of holiday spirit, read the full story at: