Florida trio finds life-changing success first time around

Dr. Amber Wiebe and husband, Dr. Olivier Broutin.

The Dentistry from the Heart concept, which since 2001 has inspired thousands of dentists to provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance, changes lives with every event.

Since its inception, registered non-profit organization  has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and has provided more than 60,000 people with an estimated $8 million in free dental care services.

In Florida this month, three professionals working together to provide 64 patients with their choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning contributed to a lifesaving effort.

According to a report by thedestinlog.com, the event hosted April 3 by Dr. Amber Wiebe of Santa Rosa Beach Dental and husband, Dr. Olivier Broutin of Bluewater Bay Dental along with Dr. Anishkumar Patel of Panama City, Fla., helped offer vital information to an attendee.

One of the patients seen during the free dental event was found to have oral cancer, a disease that may have remained undiagnosed without this event.

In addition to the time dedicated by hygienists, assistants and other dental professionals, a total of $20,000 of dental care was donated to the community in good faith. A number of local area businesses also made in kind donations to the event including Benco Dental and Publix Super Market.


Usain Bolt who?

By Alison Majikes/Special to TheDailyFloss.com

While some 95-year-old men struggle with mobility, Dr. Charles Eugester just set the bar a lot higher for his age bracket.

The dentist, who hails from the United Kingdom, smashed the world record for the 200-meter dash back in March.

According to an article on Buzzfeed.com, Dr. Eugster set the new record at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in northeast London.

Dr. Eugster set the bar high in the over-95 year old category, shaving 2.4 seconds off the previous record (held by Orville Rodgers set back in 2013) and finishing with a time of 55.48.

The sprinter is apparently an overachiever for his age, as he set a British record for the 60-meters the day before, according to huffingtonpost.com.

How does Dr. Eugster stay so healthy and mobile? He told a British newspaper that he eats freah fruit in the morning and sips on protein drinks after workouts.

On his website, the dentist offers useful tips on life, including “ Successful aging requires work, diet and exercise. The huge mental and physical potential of the aged remains unexplored. Bodies can now be rebuilt at any age and a new life started.”

To read more about Charles Eugster and the articles mentioned in this post: http://www.charleseugster.net/index.htm





Clean sweep: PRO-SYS® is named a 2015 Silver Edison Award Winner

Richard Cohen, PRO-SYS® toothbrush developer and a Benco Dental Managing Director, joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the 2015 Edison Award winners. Cohen and Mandy Hull, Private Label Sr. Product Manager for Benco Dental, (shown) accepted the Silver Edison Award for PRO-SYS during the April 23 Edison Awards event at The Capitale in New York City.

The Edison Awards, celebrating 28 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that PRO-SYS® was voted a Silver Winner for innovation at the April 23 event at The Capitale in New York City.  Richard Cohen, toothbrush developer and a Benco Dental Managing Director, joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2015 Edison Award winners.

Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world.

“Our judges recognized PRO-SYS® as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards. The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day “Meet the Innovators Forum” and the “Innovators’ Showcase,” which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products. Cohen and Mandy Hull, Private Label Sr. Product Manager for Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, offered a glimpse of the PRO-SYS toothbrush offerings at the Showcase.

PRO-SYS leading the charge is nothing new. The flagship item in their brush line – PRO-SYS Tapered Toothbrush – presents a unique opportunity for consumers: One of the first in its category, PRO-SYS Tapered Toothbrush includes (from the inventor of the nylon bristle) DuPont® Tynex filaments arranged in a multi-level design. The design is intended to clean deeper in difficult-to-reach areas without sacrificing comfort; tapered bristles clean under the gum line.

The handle of the PRO-SYS toothbrush, three years in the making, was shown to substantially reduce debris accumulation and bacterial contamination after prolonged use.  In recent clinical findings by The Dental Advisor’s John A. Molinari, Ph.D. and Peri Nelson, B.S., the rubber-free handle on the adult and junior series toothbrushes in the PRO-SYS® oral care family remains 1,500 times cleaner than other brush handles after months of use.

Find out more about the PRO-SYS oral health care products, including two new toothbrush versions: one wider, one ultra-sensitive, that are set to debut this spring. Visit pro-sys.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of winners, visit http://www.edisonawards.com.


Put some muscle in it.

ryan reaves

By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

According to the DailyMail.com, St. Louis Blues, forward Ryan Reaves was checked into the glass on Sunday by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

After the hard hit, Reaves went to the bench and calmly dug around in his mouth until he found the loose tooth. Next, he pulled it and passed it on to the trainer.

Hockey players are tough. Reaves returned to the ice and helped St. Louis win the game.

Read more about this player and another incident involving Red Wings left-wing Drew Miller here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3028117/Ryan-Reaves-rips-tooth-hands-trainer-checked-face-glass.html

1 in 88


By Kelsi Matylewicz/Social Media Intern

This statistic refers to the number of children in the United States born with Autism.

“Autistic patients, as well as patients with similar behavioral and possibly intellectual challenges, present a unique challenge for dentists, as well as parents. Most dental procedures involve the use of bright lights, loud noises, and touching of a very sensitive part of the body,” according to Dr. Marielaina Perrone of Henderson, Nevada

“Hypersensitivity to one’s environment is usually a hallmark trait for most autistic patients. This makes dental care even more challenging, as they may react adversely to the sensory overload. Autistic patients do not like change in their daily schedules, new noises, new people, or new activities. In the past, these challenges would lead to most dentists turning away such patients, but in modern dentistry this is no longer the case.  There are many dentists who have training to help them with the special challenges that come with autism.”

A few of these dentists were  interviewed recently by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, including Dr. Angela Lutz, shown above, from York, Pennsylvania and Dr. Melissa Mullane-Padgett, from Boardman, Ohio.

Read more about them: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e0a097ef#/e0a097ef/26

Dr. Perrone shared some common dental issues for autistic patients and techniques in a recent blog:

  • Poor dental hygiene.
  • Increased tooth decay.
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism.
  • Self-injury. Many autistic patients will bite or pick at their gums creating an issue dentally. A mouth guard might be recommended as long as the autistic patient can tolerate it.
  • Medication related issues. Many autistic patients suffer from seizures and therefore take medication for it. These medications can lead to decreased saliva production which can lead to dry mouth and subsequent bad breath and tooth decay.

Dr. Perrone offers helpful techniques, among others on her blog:

  • Set up a Pre-Appointment Tour and Introduction. Parents should talk to the dentist ahead of time to let him/her know a bit about the child, including what helps to soothe and what is an easy set off for behaviors. Let the patient come to the office to tour the facilities as well as let them see and touch everything that they are allowed to, this is to familiarize them with everything in the office and let them feel more comfortable when it comes time for their appointment
  • Keep Initial Visit as short as possible. Make the first visit quick and as noninvasive as possible.
  • Have Parents in Room if Needed. This one becomes a personal choice between parent or caregiver and dentist. Some patients do well with them in room and some do not. It is totally a case by case decision.