Thankful for an extra day? Take a Leap and show it.

If it’s good enough for Forbes magazine and Tonight Show host, why not dentistry?

Jimmy Fallon spends an occasional segment crafting thank you notes to everyone from Dolly Parton and Doritos to North Carolina and owls.

Though you might not have The Roots background music to inspire you, suggests using the extra 24 hours that Leap Day offers for a show of genuine appreciation:

“At your weekly standup meeting, give team members the assignment of each writing three cards of appreciation that week, and delivering them to friends and colleagues throughout the team, department, or even company. Spread the word on recognition so that everyone’s contributions can be appreciated….

Set aside some time to look through your calendar and designate a half-hour block every week to recognize someone’s great work. Research shows that employees most benefit from recognition if it’s delivered once every seven days. And once that meeting is in your calendar, you won’t ever be able to use the “I don’t have time!” excuse again.”

Even if we’re down to 10 hours, that’s still plenty of time to make it happen at your practice and in your personal life.

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Dear Tooth Fairy, are you ageist?

National Tooth Fairy Day might not be the most opportune time, but I’d like to lodge an ageism complaint.

Certainly everyone glorifies their favorite “tooth collector,” a good fairy popularized by her teeth-for-cash trade. In some cultures, glamorized with glitter, celebrated for stealth, this tooth taker is something of an icon.

Understandably, the 12-and-under set curries favor with their cuteness factor and gap-toothed smiles. Their heartwarming letters are met with crisp dollar bills tucked in adorable DIY tooth fairy pillows.

Does that mean the fairweather fairy should show blatant disregard of her followers, age 40-plus, whose eroding enamel and broken teeth lead to broken spirits, due to her lack of love and attention. Isn’t the tooth-loss prospect just as frightening for this demographic, perhaps more so? After all, instead of a mouthful of free permanent teeth on the horizon, crowns and implants wait in the wings.

Case in point: Friday evening, this Molar Muse met with an unwelcome mid-meal crunch. (Before you ask, no candy apple or popcorn culprit on my menu,  just six seemingly harmless broiled shrimp.)

A moment (more like 30) of panic, ended with a late night voice message left at the dentist’s office. Ten hours later, my call was met with care and concern, though not by a winged wonder. Instead, a kind-hearted practitioner took pity on his longtime patient with a personal phone call and an early-Saturday time slot in an already packed schedule.

While the rest of the world  labors over crayon-sketched Tooth Fairy creations, I’ll be penning a personal thank-you note to a true hero, Paul Capparell, DDS.

Would I turn away a late-arriving quarter under my pillow? Of course not. Who doesn’t deserve a second chance. I’m not counting on it, especially after decrying discrimination. Then again, no one likes negative publicity, especially the Tooth Fairy.

I’ll keep you posted.


Little shop of smile horrors?

If dental students gain knowledge of anatomy by carving  wax replicas of each  tooth in the oral cavity, what do the artists at Esty store ‘uncannycreatures‘ gain by carving ears and mouths? Maybe a future in creating Hollywood prosthetic makeup?

il_570xN.911176016_boeiThe same online store also features plush animals with dentures that are a far cry from the educational plush featured in many pediatric dental offices. Rather than promoting good oral health care and a welcoming presence, the pink rabbit at left, created in the United Kingdom, might better be suited to scaring a thumbsucker straight. Brush or else, kids!

Let’s stick with smiling gators and friendly fish, at least until Halloween.


Lil Allie Gator is a dental helper created by Star Smilez for use at the dental office or home.

Managing Director: Benco ‘remains focused’ on its customers.

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Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director

“At Benco Dental, we earn and cherish our sterling reputation every day – not just as a phrase among our core values – it’s how we do business,” said Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director, in an interview from the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting this week. He references the Mission, Vision, Values credo that is prominently displayed at the dental distributor’s locations across the U.S. (shown). 

“Recent media coverage relating to litigation in which Benco has been named as a defendant is of concern to Benco and we would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.” 


Two generations of Cohens, Benco Managing Directors Chuck and Rick Cohen, with Benco Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen, guide Benco on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.”

According to Chuck Cohen and his brother Rick Cohen, who serve as Managing Directors for the company founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, Benco and the other major dental products distribution companies have been the subject of allegations that they have worked together to suppress competition in the marketplace for dental supplies.  

Most recently, these distributors have been named in a number of class actions lawsuits brought by different law firms, all of whom are seeking to be named lead counsel in a consolidated class action brought on behalf of all dentists in the United States. Without detailing any specific facts to support their claims, the plaintiffs in all of these cases have alleged that the concerted actions of Benco and its competitors have resulted in higher prices being charged to their customers.  Benco Dental categorically denies that it entered into any such concerted action and further denies that any such actions led to higher prices for customers.

“Benco is confident that the end result of the legal proceedings lodged against it will be to confirm that Benco participated in no wrongdoing and that product pricing and market practices have been fair and competitive,” said Chuck Cohen.

Headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.”

Within the past 85 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and three design showrooms.  Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

Benco, which has been named one of Pennsylvania’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians.

Last year, the Benco Family Foundation supported more than 100 charities and donated nearly 150,000 toothbrushes to children and families.

 “As always, Benco remains focused on providing the best products and highest level of service to dentists across the nation.”



Ambassador of smiles

Currently, America’s ToothFairy and MNAUSA are also seeking volunteers to host local Smile Drives benefiting Native American children as well as donations for the Toothbrush Fund. To register or to donate, visit America’s ToothFairy webpage:

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