Northeast-Rooted Dentist Brings Patriots Pride to Practice in Washington

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By Alison Majikes/Special to the


Alison Majikes

You won’t see Dawn Divano wearing a Seahawks jersey around her office, despite the fact that it’s plastered in Seattle and 12th man memorabilia.

Divano, a Dentist right in the heart of “12th Man” territory walks around her practice, located about 70 miles outside of Seattle, in…wait for it… a Tom Brady jersey.

The avid Patriots fan based her practice in the Northwest about 10 years ago, but has strong roots in the Northeast where she grew up, according to an article by Kristen Drew of

Dr. Dawn M. Divano, a Patriots fan will attend

Dr. Dawn M. Divano, a lifelong Patriots fan will attend the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona tonight with her husband.

The dentist supports the Seahawks, but not when they’re playing New England. Lucky for her, the two teams she loves will face off tonight in the biggest game of the year for the NFL, the Super Bowl. Divano’s husband is an avid Seahawks fan and they are also season ticket holders so she admits that when Seattle isn’t playing New England she will root for her West Coast team.

“My section they all know that I’m a Patriots fan and I will root for the Seahawks anytime they’re not playing against the Patriots, but this is going to be a tough one,” said Divano.

The good news is the football-loving dentist will be attending the game in Glendale, Arizona tonight with her husband.

“I love the Seahawks. I love the Patriots. I really want the Pats to win but this can’t get any better,” said Divano. “This is really exciting.”

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Alison Majikes is a Customer Service Representative at Benco Dental with a journalism degree from Penn State. She will be watching the Super Bowl tonight while still mourning the Colts loss.

Gouda news. Some SuperBowl snacks are safer for your smile.

As a SuperBowl snack, cheese offers tons of tooth strengthening calcium and a protein called casein, according to

A party tray shaped like a football field can feature endless varieties of cheese and serve as a SuperBowl buffet of tooth-strengthening calcium and a protein called casein. Gouda, White Cheddar, Havarti and Chipotle Jack — all effective in protecting the surface of your teeth.

The example shown above, as part of a pre-Bowl party planner by, also features kale turf, red grapes, whole wheat crackers and summer sausage, but its author is not advocating for crackers, which can stick to teeth and promote bacteria growth.

Whether you’re in it for the game, Katy Perry’s halftime show or the Puppy Bowl, there’s bound to be an array of food at your Big Game celebration, and surprisingly many options that can contribute to good oral health.

* Hummus. Protein rich chickpeas don’t contain any saturated fat or cholesterol, making hummus a good choice for your overall health.  Chickpeas are also rich in folic acid, which keeps your mouth healthy by promoting cell growth throughout your body.

* Veggies. Raw veggies require lots of chewing, which stimulates and promotes healthy gums.  Carrots contain beta-carotene that your body uses to create vitamin A (this build strong teeth.) Cucumbers offer a healthy alternative to chips, are rich in vitamins B and C and have even been shown to help freshen breath and naturally whiten teeth.

* Dip. If it’s comprised of sour cream, it’s set to provide another boost of calcium, which also helps to keep your teeth strong.

Not sure what to nosh? Find 10-minute recipes and suggestions at:

Chewing gum may be good for your teeth

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Did your parents used to tell you that chewing gum would give you cavities? According to Medical Daily, this is not the case.

Chewing gum is a billion-dollar industry with an average of 280 sticks of gum consumed per person per year . No need to worry though, your are contributing to the maintenance of oral health.

According to a study by the Journal of Dental Research, in most gums, the gum-base is supplemented with sweeteners, flavors, and other agents. However, sugar is now often replaced by artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, xylitol, or mannitol. The addition these sugarless additives have been found to reduce the formation of oral biofilms, which is the cause of infectious diseases such as cavities and periodontal disease.

A team of researchers from University of Groningen in the Netherlands wanted to observe whether chewing gum can remove bacteria from the oral cavity. Five biomedical engineering students were recruited to chew two different standard types of spearmint gum for various lengths of time ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Afterward, the gum was spit into a cup filled with sterile water to be analyzed.

The findings revealed there were about 100 million bacteria detected on each piece of chewed up gum, with the number increasing as chewing time increased. The gum starts to lose its adhesiveness after 30 seconds of chewing, trapping less bacteria.

Chewing gum does not remove bacteria from the same places of the dentition as does brushing or flossing and each act targets different areas of the mouth.

As a reminder: The American Dental Association advises that chewing gum is not an adjunct to brushing and flossing, nor a substitute; brushing twice a day and using dental floss is still recommended.

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Anesthesia-free laser procedures with no bleeding, no drilling? No kidding.


No vibration or loud noise with this laser.

“Often times, my preparations with Solea are completely drill-free, resulting in an entirely different experience for my patients,” said North Haven, CT, private practitioner David Fantarella, DMD, who has been using hard- and soft-tissue lasers since 2008.

Solea, by Convergent Dental, is the first CO2 laser system ever cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue ablation.

Fantarella, in an interview with Compendium magazine,  noted that the CO2 laser system can vaporize every tissue in the mouth—gingiva, bone, dentin, enamel, decayed dentin, and pulp—and can be used for Class 1 through 6 restorative procedures without the need for anesthetic.

According to the company, Solea dentists report that they perform over 95% of their Solea procedures without anesthesia, and over 98% of those patients report no pain, with 100% preferring Solea to a drill.

How can it offer drill-free, easy, precise, nearly noiseless and anesthesia-free performance (or your money back)?

Solea uses an oxygen-18 isotope and other modifications to emit 9.3 µm, matching the peak absorption of hydroxyapatite. Meaning the isotopic CO2 laser actually vaporizes enamel — versus erbium lasers that vaporize water and slowly chip enamel away — giving the power to work anywhere in the oral cavity, from any angle, with speed and ease. Decayed tissue and interproximal cutting won’t slow the process or compromise performance. For soft tissue it allows its user to feather into cuts with more speed, precision and less bleeding than ever imagined.

What’s the ROI?

According to Convergent Dental,  dentists are experiencing efficiency gains of 25% – 40%, enabling them to routinely perform six or more additional procedures per day.

The logic: Without anesthesia and bleeding, time is saved. It is possible to work in multiple quadrants in a single visit, fill cavities discovered during hygiene appointments (in the same day), and do soft tissue procedures that might have been referred out in past.

See Solea in action at Chicago Dental Society’s 150th Midwinter Meeting February 26-28.

Toothpicks or dental floss, which will you choose?


By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

It is never convenient to get food stuck between your teeth, and when dining out, most restaurants only offer a toothpick to solve this problem.

Tuck that fear away, thanks to Marta Correia, an entrepreneur with the idea for the Oralgem.

Oralgem's Pearl dental floss dispenser retails for $39.95 and is in use today in businesses and private homes.

Oralgem’s Pearl dental floss dispenser retails for $39.95 and is in use today in businesses and private homes.

According to The Loop, Correia, along with a business partner, invested in and created the floss dispenser which can be affixed via adhesive strips to the walls of a restaurant bathroom. These dispensers can also lock, preventing any risk of vandalism of the floss rolls in public spaces.

Correia’s business partner had inspiration for the idea after a trip to Brazil, when they saw a similar dispenser in a rest area. The partners chose to create a floss dispenser that was slimmer, sleeker and more functional.

So far, there are 2,000 such floss dispensers across North America, including at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
and local YMCAs, even in private homes ($39.95, anyone?).

Photo Credit: CTV

Oralgem in use at FireGrill restaurant in Montreal. Photo Credit: CTV