Head tilt? Check.White teeth? Read on.

 

Graduation. Family Reunion. Wedding. No matter your special occasion, it’s the season for smiling on camera.

A picture-perfect grin can be as easy as 1, 2, 3, according to a report at socialnewsxyz.com

  1.  A slight head tilt to the camera, as demonstrated above, compensates for the fact that most people have asymmetrical faces.
  2. A smile with teeth slightly parted and a quick swipe of the tongue over teeth can help add some twinkle, according to the advice cosmetic dental expert Ekta Chadha shared in the report.
  3. Try a whitening product or visit your dentist to correct cracked, broken, or missing teeth.

Want to  learn two more tried and true tips? Get the complete picture: https://www.socialnews.xyz/2016/05/get-picture-perfect-smile-with-these-simple-tips/

 

‘I Know We’ll Meet Again Some Sunny Day.”

“I remember when this holiday used to be called Decoration Day. Whatever we call it, it is a solemn holiday. If you value your freedom and this great nation, thank a serviceman,” said Benco Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen Friday in his traditional holiday message to Benco associates.

Cohen, who served in the U.S. Army as a dental assistant,  offered in the voice message his rendition of sentimental ballad “We’ll Meet Again,” made famous in 1940 by British songstress Vera Lynn, known as the “Forces’ Sweetheart”. Here he is shown, being presented with the Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service by Major Rick Coslett, D.M.D. on behalf of the Department of the Army July 31, 2014 at the Pittston, Pennsylvania home office of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor.

“We’ll Meet Again,” according to biography.com, was frequently heard on Lynn’s  radio show, Sincerely Yours, which became a favorite of soldiers serving overseas in WWII.

In 2009, Lynn made a “remarkable return to the British music charts,” according to biography.com. Ninety-two years old at the time, she became the oldest person to have the No. 1 top-selling album in the country. Today she lives in Sussex, England, where she serves as president of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy, a charity she founded in 2001.

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW U.S. HISTORY?

According to history.com, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, the first major Memorial Day observance is held to honor those who died “in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”

Known to some as “Decoration Day,” mourners honored the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers. On the first Decoration Day, (1868) General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

Find out which cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day (Hint: One’s in Pennsylvania.) and which location President Lyndon B. Johnson declared as the official birthplace of Memorial Day in 1966:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/civil-war-dead-honored-on-decoration-day
WANT TO MAKE THIS WEEKEND MEMORABLE?

1. Attend or view the televised broadcast of The National Memorial Day Concert, one of PBS’ highest-rated programs. Find out details about the multi-award-winning television event that has become an American tradition, featuring a star-studded lineup performing in tribute to all Americans who have sacrificed for our country at: pbs.org

2. Attend a Memorial Day service or parade in Washington, D.C.: https://washington.org/things-to-do-this-memorial-day-weekend-washington-dc

Find a listing of those taking place in Luzerne and Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania at: NEPAFamily.com

3. Learn ways to honor fallen heroes wherever you are: https://www.usaa.com/inet/wc/ent_all_memorialday_landing_mkt_ways_to_honor#tab1

Don’t be upstaged in your oral health care by a cockatoo.

 

During a relaxing three-day weekend, when healthy habits might fall by the wayside, Lisa Windham’s YouTube video of her cockatoo Gryphon practicing positive oral health care serves as a gentle reminder.

If her feathered friend, as shown in a 2015 video, can brush his beak with a Q-tip and a seemingly jolly demeanor, then why shouldn’t everyone express as much care for their dental hygiene.

Check out this video from the American Dental Association for some tips and guidelines on proper toothbrushing technique:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth?channelId=f68b00e6abe9443fad73701ae2fda286&channelListId&mediaId=c042ee9d110b49f9814d49c614815150

 

Benco family part of ‘sea of blue’ at Day of Caring

Putting words into action.

Volunteers at the United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring who donated 470 volumes to support ongoing children’s book drive literally did just that.

The United Way of Wyoming Valley  requested in advance that all attendees of its annual Day of Caring opening breakfast, May 25, bring a new or gently used children’s book to benefit the youngest members of the population in the Wyoming Valley and their families.

For more than 21 years, the United Way of Wyoming Valley has sponsored an annual Day of Caring. Each year, hundreds of representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers, roll up their sleeves, and set to work helping nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania with projects that their limited budgets can’t cover.

Since 2009, Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, has invited associates of the company to participate in Day of Caring during their workday. At

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The nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor was recognized with the prestigious United Way of Wyoming Valley Corporate Award (100+ employees). Shown, accepting the award from United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO Bill Jones, are Becky Clouse-Mickey and Michelle Kovaleski, representing Benco Dental.

the event’s 2016 opening breakfast, May 25, members of the Benco Dental family joined nearly 949 volunteers at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where Bill Jones, United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO, shared the organization’s goal of reducing childhood poverty.

The organization’s executive director addressed the group he described as “a sea of blue with strong hands and big hearts” (participants received blue T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Strong Hands. Big Hearts. Day of Caring 2016”) regarding the opportunities that awaited them in the community. In his discussion he referenced an African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” when he reminded those in attendance: “Together we are helping more children and families achieve better health and outcomes.”

During the breakfast program, organizations were recognized for their support of the United Way’s 2015-2016 Community Campaign, Benco Dental among them, as recipient of the prestigious United Way of Wyoming Valley Corporate Award (100+ employees). Accepting for the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, Benco Dental, were Becky Clouse-Mickey, Talent Manager, and Michelle Kovaleski, Culture and People Coordinator.

“This year’s first corporate award goes to an organization that is a true United Way partner – Benco Dental. They exemplify all of the qualities we could hope for in an organization on a year-round basis. With every year that passes, they continue to astound us with the support they provide in campaigns, special events, and volunteerism,” said Don Brominski, who with his wife Rebecca Brominski, served as United Way Annual Campaign Co-Chair.

“Generously, Benco Dental and its employees have contributed almost $900,000 over the past 13 years. Benco Dental also provides a corporate match on employee gifts and is ranked within the Top 10 companies for largest employee campaign, corporate gifts, and number of leadership gifts. Benco’s commitment to supporting United Way doesn’t end when the campaign is over:  the company has been a long-standing supporter of our Christmas in July Food Drive, and as we can see this morning, an enthusiastic participant in the annual Day of Caring,” explained Brominski, during the award presentation.

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The nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor was recognized with the prestigious United Way of Wyoming Valley Corporate Award (100+ employees). Shown, accepting the award from United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO Bill Jones, are Becky Clouse-Mickey and Michelle Kovaleski, representing Benco Dental.

“Special thanks to the Cohen Family and all of the employees of Benco Dental for being such great partners over the years.”

Upon hearing news of the award, George Rable, Vice President, Culture and People for Benco Dental, expressed the sentiment shared among the members of the Benco family.

“The Benco Team is very honored to receive this recognition from the United Way of Wyoming Valley.  Our associates are generous both with their time and in making financial pledges to help improve the lives of our neighbors,” said Rable.

In a record-setting volunteer turnout for United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Day of Caring on May 25, more than 949 volunteers from 68 organizations completed 56 community projects at 41 local agencies, according to Jones. Those volunteers were supported by an additional 200+ volunteers who did preparation work for Day of Caring projects. Those volunteers included local school students who created items for children’s preschool literacy kits, and assembled hygiene kits for distribution to organizations that help the homeless.  When all Day of Caring efforts are combined, a total 1,168 volunteers contributed 5,845 volunteer hours with an estimated value of $137,708, Jones added.

 

According to Benco Dental Talent Specialist Florence Marchesano, 39 Benco Dental associates took part in the Day of Caring efforts. Their day included:

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Thirty-nine Benco Dental associates participated in the May 25 United Way Day of Caring, during which representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers to help nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Benco Dental associates are shown volunteering at Family Service Association: clockwise, from left, Rachel Pugh, Loriah Webby, Eric Larsen, Jennifer Ochman, Kelly Hilsey, Keely Brazil, and Kristie Ceruti.

* painting and drywall repair at Family Service Association of NEPA in Wilkes-Barre, which provides diverse services to children, individuals, seniors, and families, empowers them to achieve their full potential and results in healthier relationships and stronger communities,

* property beautification, organization and cleanup of disaster services equipment at Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, which serves 600,000 people in four counties, helping residents recover from disasters like fires and floods, providing life-saving training in first aid and CPR and collecting blood donations for the entire region.

* cleaning, gardening and painting at SPCA of Luzerne County, which offers a variety of programs and services designed to help both people and animals and strives to create solutions to many of the animal-related issues facing our community, and

* cleaning at the West Pittston Library, which enriches the lives of community members by creating an environment for growth, discovery and connection.

For details about the United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring or to support its efforts, visit: http://www.unitedwaywb.org/day-of-caring.html.

To learn more about Family Service Association of NEPA, visit: http://www.fsawv.org/, Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, visit: http://www.redcross.org , SPCA of Luzerne County, visit: http://www.spcaluzernecounty.org/ and West Pittston Library, visit: http://www.wplibrary.org/

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Benco Dental associates participated in the May 25 United Way Day of Caring, during which representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers to help nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Benco Dental associates are shown volunteering at the West Pittston Library: first row, from left, Donna Lasota, Ashley DeFlice, second row: Ryan Alunni, Mandy Welman, Mary Gregor, third row: Jim Soroka, Ken Lee, Kathy Jesso, and Becky Clouse-Mickey.

 

Incisal Edge puts Exemplary Women front and center.

The Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Summer Edition spotlights this year’s recipients of The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards, honoring Exemplary Women in Dentistry.

Included among them is honoree Dr. Kady Rawal, shown here on the magazine’s cover.

Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, recipient of the Woman-to-Watch award, provides dental care to her patients at the Faculty Practice of Boston University Dental Health Center. Passionate about geriatric dentistry, she also provides dental treatment to the elderly living in long-term care housing in the Boston area. Dr. Rawal earned her BDS degree from D.Y. Patil University School of Dentistry in Mumbai, India, and later joined Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM), where she graduated from the AEGD residency program and where she currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor. She is the faculty mentor for the American Association of Women Dentists’ Chapter at BUGSDM and also represents the Women in Dentistry Committee on the board of the Boston District Dental Society. As an advocate for BUGSDM’s Women-to-Women program, she conducts monthly oral screenings for homeless, abused women in Boston and has also conducted dental outreach programs for women living within the red light districts of India.

For an interview with Dr. Rawal and the other award recipients, visit: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9c07c7ab

Register for The Lucy Hobbs Project 4th annual Celebration to be hosted June 2, 3 in Dallas, Texas: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2016/index.aspx