Supporting foster children on their journey

Co-founder of Brandon’s Forever Home Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esq., fourth from left, accepts a donation of dental kits from Benco Family Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Binder, third from left, January 7 at the Benco Dental home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Shown, from left: Meredith Wall, Benco Dental Executive Administrative Assistant/Benco Family Foundation; Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Partner; Rebecca Binder, Benco Family Foundation Executive Director; Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esq., Brandon’s Forever Home Co-founder; PA State Rep. Tarah Toohil, Brandon’s Forever Home Co-founder; Rachel Pugh, Benco Dental Manager of Marketing Communications and Tim Scharle, Benco Dental Private Label Product Manager.

Essentials for any traveler – at bare minimum — include a toothbrush.

Four hundred children, on average, who enter foster care due to crisis each year in Luzerne County, arrive with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing, according to PA State Rep. Tarah Toohil, 116th District. Brandon’s Forever Home and Benco Dental are working together to provide a more encouraging option. Organizers from the nonprofit organization established to raise adoption and foster care awareness arrived in Pittston, Pennsylvania at the home office of the nationwide dental distributor Tuesday, January 7 to collect the first installment of children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste the company’s Benco Family Foundation plans to donate.

“We started a non-profit 501c3 entity to encourage others to help local children in foster care. And this year is a great year because through Operation Duffel Bag we stopped the use of garbage bags (to transport their belongings),” said co-founder of Brandon’s Forever Home Lorine Angelo Ogurkis, Esq., who as an adoptive mother of children from foster care, described that as the norm. “One thing was missing to let the children know they are on a journey, on a path to something greater. Those duffels will now be filled with dental kits provided by Benco Dental and every child will have one in a time of crisis.”

Each quarter, the family-owned dental distribution company’s charitable arm will supply 100-plus dental kits for the nonprofit’s Operation Duffel Bag effort, which offers support to abandoned, abused and neglected children in Luzerne County.

“At home I had 42 foster brothers and sisters over the time period my parents took in children. My personal experience is what made me go into politics – I wanted to change the laws of foster care,” said State Rep. Toohil, co-founder of the nonprofit organization, who serves on the state Children and Youth Committee. “We’re very thankful to Benco Dental for doing this. We’re working to try to meet the need.”

“The Benco Family Foundation is really happy to support children and youth in our community in which we live and work.  We heard the story of Brandon’s Forever Home and it was very compelling. Every kid should have their own toothbrush ,” said Rebecca Binder, Executive Director of the Benco Family Foundation.

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Flashback Friday: Rolling out the Floss

( illustration/Donna Shader and Eric Larsen)

Denture-shaped ice cubes are sure to earn a grin or a gag at your next soiree. started out with a laugh. Unless you take denture-shaped ice cubes seriously. What better way to introduce you to than with a guide to holiday gift-giving – all things dental of course?

If a dentist occupies a special place in your heart, if you’re a practical practitioner sending Santa a tip list or if you’ve been searching for that snappy denture bracelet for years, you might want to flash back to 14 days of unique shopping options, beginning with Our Gift to You:

vintage adIf you’re a fan of #tbt (throwbackThursday), then a #tpt (toothpasteTuesday) nod to vintage preventive care option might be of interest.  What was exciting 30 years ago? According to this retro ad, Aqua-fresh‘s triple protection formula inspired wide-eyed anticipation. Here’s a flashback to some of your favorite toothpaste commercials from the 1980s. sought to offer more than just laughs.  On the short list: updates on industry offerings (CAD/CAM much?), dental meetings across the globe (isn’t it time for Midwinter madness yet?) and practitioners, manufacturers and distributors at work, play and at their best – volunteering and donating to the greater good.

This set of blue wax teeth, created by students as part of their graduation requirements, can be found at the Historical Dental Museum at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

This set of blue wax teeth, created by students as part of their graduation requirements, can be found at the Historical Dental Museum at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

Noteworthy news bites (Massachusetts Dental Society’s 150th anniversary), ways to wile away winter weekends (At dental museums, where else?), exclusive exposes (Infection control at its worst) — we included those.

And thanks to a number of dental publications and bloggers hard at work all year, as well, (Dentaltown,, Incisal Edge, ADA News, First Impressions, IDT, to name just a few) we offered links to breaking news, scientific breakthroughs and


Incisal Edge magazine conducted a nationwide survey of dentists, then had the results analyzed by a renowned White House pollster and compiled them in an array of infographics so beautiful they are sure to make readers happy. (Incisal Edge Design, Donna Shrader)

insightful surveys (Dentists are really, really happy. Take that, clowns.)

TheDailyFloss is proud to bring you dental-inspired poetry (we’re secretly rhyming rappers here at TheDailyFloss.)

We’ve even visited high-fashion photo shoots (with 40 of America’s best young dentists) to deliver you behind-the-scenes coverage: 2014 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 Photo Shoot in Greenwich Village, NYC

And our contributing bloggers tackled every topic from:

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Daniel Shimansky, a 2nd year dental student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, hails from Boca Raton, Florida.

* today’s dental education (Meet Daniel Shimansky, a student at The University of Pennsylvania),

* practice management (Thanks to guru Lisa Philp, president of Transitions ),

* yoganomics (Take time to stretch, say team members at Dental Enhancements),

* history (Oh, the things you can learn from Benco Dental’s Chairman, Chief Customer Advocate and collector of vintage dental equipment Larry Cohen)

* success stories (Be inspired by dental practices across the U.S. with Benco Dental Managing Director Chuck Cohen) and more thanks to new guest bloggers welcomes every day (contact MolarMuse if you’d like to contribute at

Thanks to loyal readers who’ve been with us since day one, and new commenters who join every day. With you in mind, aims to continue delivering an amalgamation of what’s new on the dental scene.…. Make it part of your routine. Follow us here every day and on Twitter @The_Daily_Floss


Can NuCalm create the ideal patient?


With four simple steps that take 3-4 minutes, a predictable technology claims to naturally interrupt the stress response and guide dental patients to deep relaxation.

Solace, the maker of NuCalm®, was founded by a pioneering neuroscientist in 2002 with the expressed intent of improving the human experience.

According to its creators, and Chicago practitioner Peter Harnois, DDS,  NuCalm transforms the dental patient’s experience by naturally relaxing the body within minutes.

“No more nitrous, no more valium, no more conscious sedation,” Dr. Harness, President of the

Illinois Academy of Facial Esthetics, Chicago, told in a Healthbeat report.

Though it does not eliminate anesthetics, NuCalm offers natural, drug-free, side-effect free, and cost-effective means to creating the ideal patient.

A few factors exhibited:

  • Relaxation
  • Unaware of time and space
  • Physically incapable of having an anxious response
  • Consciousness (can respond to voice commands)
  • Uncompromising health of patients

Seems to good to be true? There’s some science behind it all.

NuCalm calms the brain within minutes by bringing alert beta brain wave function down to the alpha range (first stage of sleep). The system is predicated on neuropsychobiology and neurobioinformatics and was developed over several years by leading neuroscientists.

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You never know who you’re inspiring.

“Walk those rich lines, defy the odds, push the envelope — because you never know who you’re inspiring,” said Katti Webb Simpson, IPDH, of Foxcroft, Maine, during her acceptance of the Lucy Hobbs Project® Clinical Expertise Award in 2014.

She speaks from experience. In 2008, the Pine Tree State became the second in the country to pass a law permitting dental hygienists to practice independently of supervising dentists so long as they meet criteria. Webb Simpson is doing her part to offer access to care by treating Medicaid patients out of our her 19th-century farmhouse in central Maine.

So continue the inspirational stories of Lucy Hobbs Award honorees from past years. Beginning now, through the January 16, 2015 deadline, Benco Dental encourages nominations of women who are setting new benchmarks in the dental profession. Contest entrants are directed to the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project® Awards Nomination Form:

The Lucy Hobbs Project® Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community, slated to take place at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, June 4 – 5, 2015, will honor the winners.

Incisal Edge summer edition profiles the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Project Award recipients.

Incisal Edge summer edition profiles the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Project Award recipients.

The annual event, named for the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, will recognize and award industry professionals whose achievements mirror those established by Lucy Hobbs.

From operatory to laboratory, a new generation of women is changing dentistry. The Lucy Hobbs Project®, powered by Benco Dental, aims to recognize these revolutionaries with awards that celebrate their distinctive talents. Six categories for consideration include:

  • Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change in the industry.
  • Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in the dental industry.
  • Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others.
  • Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure
  • Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a charity or cause that benefits the well-being of others.
  • Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and adeptly integrates them into patient care.

Individuals and organizations may submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominate someone who inspires you or enter today using the 2015 Lucy Hobbs Project® Awards Nomination Form:

Powered by Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, The Lucy Hobbs Project® empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Named after Hobbs, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. The project is free to join and offers networking opportunities, education programs and charitable events.

Among the 2014 Lucy Hobbs Award honorees are women whose unwavering professional dedication merits accolades: Joan Austin (1931-2013); Karen Gear, DDS; Mary Hartigan, DDS; Maria Maranga, DDS; Terryl A. Propper, DDS, MS; Katti Webb Simpson, IPDH; and Kaaren G. Vargas, DDS, PhD.

To learn more and sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit The Lucy Hobbs Project® website at:




Body 3.0 speaker to open AAID Conference

In Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, Nina Tandon PhD  will explain the process of growing tissue and transplants, and the future of medical science. Her presentation, “Body 3.0,” about growing our own body parts will begin The American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s 63rd Annual AAID Implant Dentistry Educational Conference, according to Dental Tribune.

The entire day at the Hyatt Regency Orlando will be devoted to the future of implant dentistry including speakers Peter E. Murray, BSc (Hons), PhD, Tomas Albrektsson, MD, PhD, DDS, and Nelson Pinto, DDS, will provide in-depth and varied views of the future of implant dentistry.

Attendees can earn as much as 18 implant-specific hours of C.E.

More than 1,000 implant dentistry professionals are expected to attend along with 125 vendors of products and services.

Those interested in attending should plan to register onsite in the Regency Ballroom Foyer of the Hyatt Regency Orlando, located at 9801 International Drive. More information about the programs, speakers and activities at the conference can be found at

If you are unable to attend the 63rd annual conference, mark your calendar for AAID’s 64th Annual Implant Dentistry Educational Conference to be held
Oct. 21–24, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Established in 1951, the AAID is the only dental implant organization that offers credentials recognized by federal and state courts as bona fide. Contact AAID at or at (3120 335-1550 or (877) 335-AAID (2243).