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PITTSTON, PA — March 14, 2014 — Lucy Hobbs, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. Fitting that the 2nd annual event in celebration of her provides three opportunities for education to all in attendance – gratis.

Crystal Washington, known for her ability to make complex Web topics accessible to the business community, presents one of three Continuing Education courses at the Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration Honoring Exemplary Women in the Dental Community, to be held at the Omni Championsgate in Orlando, Fla., June 6.

As author of new book, The Social Media Why: A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business, she offers a dynamic look at social media for the dental professional. Continuing Education credits will be awarded in two additional areas of expertise – finance, featuring a presentation by Teresa Gast, CPA and trends in dentistry, led by Dr. Eric Solomon.

As featured presenter, Liz Murray, who overcame tremendous odds to go from “homeless to Harvard” will share a decision that inspired her journey. Murray, 29, now an international speaker and author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, remained undaunted after her parents’ drug addiction and illness catapulted her to life on New York streets. A personal epiphany convinced her to focus on opportunities rather than excuses. Continue reading

Inspired to brush up on dental design? Read on.

If you’re looking for a unique option to update your dental practice, innovation in architecture and interior design is at your fingertips.

This brushing station is adding interest with texture and color. You may even brush longer, who knows,” says Michelle Hnatyk of CenterPoint Design at Benco Dental.

She refers to an easy-to-install, modular Wovin Wall feature by 3-form. The manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials and architectural hardware solutions believes it’s possible to add dramatic depth with pre-packaged custom wall features.

This brushing station at an orthodontics office is on example of the 3-form motto: “While some may consider walls a way to keep people in, we believe walls are a way to unleash your creativity.”

Read more about 3-form’s sustainable design concepts at their blog:

Learn about Dental Design, Interior Design and Architectural Services at CenterPoint Design at and contact Hnatyk at Benco Dental for a consultation at



On-the-job training: Benco Dental offers children a view of the dental industry.

CAPTION: Sarah Hunt, shown in front of a green screen, participates in a video shoot during Bring Your Children To Work Day at Benco Dental April 24. Sarah is the daughter of Bob Hunt, Facilities Manager.

With more than 37 million youth and adults participating at over 3.5 million workplaces each year, Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day  celebrates 21 years of program history in 2014.

The 2014 program took place Thursday, April 24 across the country, including in Pennsylvania at the company headquarters of Benco Dental, the largest privately owned dental company in the United States.

In line with one of the goals of the day, children were allowed the opportunity to complete two 45-minute job shadow sessions to learn about the departments at the company.

As part of the activities, children assembled care packages to help support the needs of  Veterans at the VA Medical Center, which for 50 years has been improving the health of the men and women who have served the nation.

In addition, they were invited to participate in a video shoot in the company’s Marketing Communications department.

To find out more or make a tax-deductible donation to the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Foundation, visit the official site at:

What would Mary Poppins say?

If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, just how would the celebrated nanny weigh in on a spoonful of coconut oil?

It seems like she might as well throw her opinion into the ring. Celebrities, average Joes and even a few dentists in U.S., Canada have been weighing in on a practice that has origins with the Indian traditional medicine known as Ayurveda.

A article cites Sally J. Cram, a D.C.-based periodontist and a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, saying she hasn’t seen any studies on oil pulling during her 28 years in dentistry. “Oil pulling is often cited as a natural breath freshener, and while Cram says the fragrance of certain oils may help, ‘there’s nothing in those oils that is anti-bacterial,'” she tells the Post.

Chicago cosmetic dentist Jessica T. Emery, DMD, shares expertise on the topic with and suggests advice to professionals whose patients ask about oil pulling as a home regimen for whitening their teeth, alleviating halitosis, and even reducing gingivitis

“For the record, a regular oil-pulling routine should not replace routine dental visits and traditional at-home oral care. Oil pulling does not reverse the effects of tooth decay, and it’s important that patients are made fully aware of that. That being said, I do believe that it is a great supplemental therapy. The phrase ‘oil pulling’ comes from the process of the oil being ‘worked”’ in the mouth by pulling, pushing, and sucking it through the teeth.”

She continues, “The procedure involves rinsing (swishing) approximately one tablespoon of oil around in your mouth. As the oil hits your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up as though they are being drawn to a powerful magnet. Bacteria hiding under crevices in the gums and in pores and tubules within the teeth are sucked out of their hiding places and held firmly in the solution.”

“People have to remember that this is a practice that’s been going on for possibly 5,000 years,” says Dr. Janice Mummery, founder of Princeview Dental in Canada. “It’s interesting that it’s only recently become prevalent in western cultures. I take that as a positive sign that people are looking for creative ways of teeth whitening.”

Dr. Emery notes that in her research only a “handful of published clinical trials” could be found, but offered helpful guidelines for patients who seek a holistic approach.

Should your patients swish for 20 minutes? Use sesame or sunflower oil? Or avoid the whole process completely?

To find out read the full articles below. No matter what, don’t dispose of the oil in the bathroom sink or shower – or you’ll be calling on another expert to unclog your drains.



Check the weather, meditate or brush? Make your 2 minutes count.

This video, created as part of an image campaign – Heart Your Smile– aims to change public perception of dentistry in the UK.

The goal: to increase attendance and reinstate the dental team’s position as trusted members of the local community.

It’s not unlike the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives in the U.S. which is sponsoring a public service advertising campaign created by the Ad Council. The Ad Council’s focus is on improving children’s dental health so they can develop into healthy adults. Its website also provides tips for parents and caregivers on how they can teach their children habits for maintaining healthy teeth and a great smile.

One website features 2-minute videos children can watch two times each day while brushing their teeth. Share  with your patients and their parents: