Celebrate a new decade with bright ideas at your practice #6NeatThings

If your New Year’s resolutions include incorporating bright ideas into your practice in 2020, Benco Dental offers more than a few for consideration.
Below, they’ve pared it down to #6NeatThings.

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 

Benco Dental invites you to join in #drivingdentistryforward with the newest and coolest technology. Ready?

So much perfection in one disc.

Created with superb strength, long-term stability, high natural translucency, and excellent aesthetics, the Zir-Perfect CAD/CAM Zirconia Disc from Dental Creations delivers high-quality performance. 

The Zir-Perfect High Translucent CAD/CAM Zirconia Disc.

The Zir-Perfect also offers nine shades to ensure a perfect match for all patients. Count on its three-point flexural strength of 1200 Mpa as well as a natural translucency of 43 percent.

Interested in consistently delivering beautiful, natural-looking restorations with the Zir-Perfect high translucent CAD/CAM Zirconia disc?

Click here to learn more.

What’s new in sterilization? Midmark M11.

Redesigned and ready to deep clean. That’s the Midmark M11 Sterilizer in a nutshell: Safe, reliable and easy to use.

The Midmark M11 Sterilizer.

The Midmark M11 Sterilizer offers several key benefits to keep your dental equipment clean:

  • Steam-flush pressure pulse
  • Pre-programmed cycles 
  • LCD display 

For more information on the Midmark M11 Sterilizer, click here.

Effectively remove cement from tight spots with QwikStrip Serrated and Abrasive Strips. 

Effectively remove cement from in between tight spaces (your patients’ teeth) with the QwikStrip Serrated and Abrasive Strips. Color-coded based on the solution they provide, Creative Dental Concepts’ QuikStrips streamlines your process.

The QwikStrips.

Strips are single-sided, double-sided and curved, to provide an option for every patient’s treatment.

The QwikStrips offer several features to make cement removal and IPR procedures easy and safe to perform: 

  • Autoclavable 
  • Single-hand use 
  • Safety for patients and doctors
  • Depth-limiting design 

Learn more about QwikStrips by clicking here.

Gibson Healthcare provides full line of innovative products engineered for oral surgery

Collagen dental membranes, bone grafts and wound dressings are available with Benco Brands line of Gibson regenerative products.

The Hydrated Gibson Membrane.

The Hydrated Gibson Membrane offers several key features and advantages:

  • Highly purified porcine collagen derived from Achilles Tendon 
  • Predictable in-vivo resorption along with great handling characteristics
  • Ability to suture or use tacks 
  • Moderate drapability 
  • Repositionable 
  • Easy handling – doesn’t stick to instruments 

For more information on the Hydrated Gibson Membrane, click here.

Keep your evacuation systems clean and deodorized.

A concentrated neutral pH evacuation system cleaner from Benco Brands, Z-3 Z-Vac, offers compatibility with all amalgam separators.

The Z-3 Z-Vac from Benco Dental.

Several features set the Z-3 Z-Vac apart from other concentrated evacuation system cleaners:

  • Non-foaming formula
  • Biodegradable cleaner
  • Fresh lemon fragrance 
  • Pre-measured bottle 

To learn more about the Z-3 Z-Vac, click here.

Stop saliva ejector backflow with DOVE® Dental Products.

DOVE® Dental Products offers the only disposable evacuation valve system that quickly replaces the full-metal valve portion on the evacuation line.

The disposable evacuation valve system offered by DOVE® Dental Products.

The valves connect to any U.S. dental chair and offer both long neck, large barb and short neck, large barb.

DOVE® Dental Products also offer a clean valve for every patient, which eliminates extra steps. 

Read more about DOVE® Dental Products here.

Nassau County Dental Society to install officers at January 18 gala

In Woodbury, New York on January 18, 2020, the Nassau County Dental Society will honor two award recipients and install a slate of officers.

The Society announces its 72nd Annual Officers’ Installation Gala and general membership meeting, an event that will be hosted at Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and installation of officers from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

The 2020 Slate of Officers includes: President – Binod K. Verma, DDS, President-Elect – Howard K. Baylarian, DDS, Vice President – Joseph Brofsky, DMD, Secretary – Stephen Akseizer, DDS, Treasurer – David J. Miller, DDS.

Need additional details?

For more information, contact: 516-227-1112, email office@nassaudental.org or visit http://www.nassaudental.org

Shown are the 2018 officers .

Benco associates experience Christmas kindness in Dunmore, Pennsylvania

WNEP-16 Reporter Elizabeth Worthington and Videographer Mike Cholko paid a surprise visit to Regulatory Compliance Specialist Ashley  Yando  DeFlice and Tax Manager Amy Yando at the Benco Dental home office. Their purpose: to learn more about an outpouring of holiday kindness the sisters experienced in their community. On Thursday, December 12, the news station reported the story.

John Yando, the dad of two Benco associates, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Ashley Yando DeFlice and Tax Manager Amy Yando, has long taken pride in decorating for the holidays at his home in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Two years ago, John experienced a serious stroke. Though he has made great strides with determination and the support of loving wife Julie and family, John, who turned 73 on Tuesday, no longer is able to continue the tradition of stringing countless yards of colorful garland, wreaths and lights to brighten his neighborhood.   

John Yando, center, the dad of two Benco associates, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Ashley Yando DeFlice (shown) and Tax Manager Amy Yando, has long taken pride in decorating for the holidays at his home in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Two years ago, John experienced a serious stroke and this season his community lent their support.

When John mentioned to Ashley that he felt disheartened and requested help, his youngest daughter recalled the outpouring of support their family received during her father’s recovery. “People were always asking what they could do to help, so I thought this might be a time to ask,” said Ashley. 

Last week, when Ashley shared a post to the Facebook group “You Know You’re from Dunmore” requesting assistance to decorate her parents’ home, she wasn’t sure what to expect. 

Last week, when Ashley Yando DeFlice shared a post (shown above) to the Facebook group “You Know You’re from Dunmore” requesting assistance to decorate her parents’ home, she wasn’t sure what to expect. 

 “I thought I would get a few people, and in the first hours, I received supportive comments,” she referred to the social media group with 6,062 followers. “Then, we got so much help, we were overwhelmed by the kindness.”  

Ashley said it was not long before she received a call from the Dunmore Police Department who offered assistance from Cadet program of the police and fire departments.  

On Saturday morning, Amy arranged for their mom to be away from home for a few hours and the volunteers began arriving.  Before long nearly 20 members of the community came out, including neighbors, an elementary schoolmate, the Cadets, among others.  

On Saturday, December 7, nearly 20 members of the community came out to help the Yando family decorate in Dunmore, including neighbors, an elementary schoolmate, the Dunmore Borough Police and Fire Department and Cadets, among others.  
John Yando watches from inside his Dunmore home as friends from the community continue his holiday decorating tradition.

“Our mom had been feeling overwhelmed and having trouble getting into the spirit of the season,” said Amy. 

When she arrived home, their mom, Julie was awestruck and delighted.

On Saturday morning, Amy Yando arranged for her mom Julie to be away from home for a few hours and the volunteers began arriving to decorate. Here she arrives on the scene.

“I am extremely proud of my sister for reaching out to the community to help us and even prouder of the individuals who volunteered. I am grateful to be part of the Dunmore community,” said Amy.  

On Saturday, December 7, nearly 20 members of the community came out to help the Yando family decorate in Dunmore, including neighbors, an elementary schoolmate, the Dunmore Borough Police and Fire Department and Cadets, among others.  

 Ashley and Amy offered gratitude to all, especially the Fire and Police departments and neighbors Jim Becchetti and Nicole Archangeli and her two children, Natalia and Gianni. 

-Editorial Intern Sean Mickalitis contributed to this story.

Utah dentist and family dedicate 10 months to giving back in Guatemala

Dr. Cameron Quayle couldn’t find a nonprofit group whose vision for dental missions aligned with his. So he started one himself.

After completing his first humanitarian mission to Guatemala a decade ago, Dr. Quayle was startled by the deprivation he’d witnessed—and was determined to go back.

“I knew I couldn’t change much of what they lacked, but I could improve their oral health and dental education,” says Dr. Quayle, who practices at Mountain View Pediatric Dentistry, with two locations near Salt Lake City.

Politely rebuffed by a number of nonprofit groups he approached—he wished to undertake longer missions than they could accommodate, he says—he decided to found his own organization, Mason Gives, in 2017. (The name is a nod to Mason the Moose, his practice’s mascot; Mountain View Pediatric’s web address is themoosedentist.com.)

Dr. Cameron Quayle couldn’t find a nonprofit group whose vision for dental missions aligned with his. So he started ONE HIMSELF.
MISSION CONTROL: Dr. Quayle and his family in Guatemala. His wife Mandee, 38, daughters: Kate, 14 and Charly, 11 and sons: Jack, 9 and Cannon, 5 joined him on a 10-month trip.

The Benco Family Foundation was the first outside group to donate; companies including KaVo Kerr, Ultradent and 3M, among others, followed suit, enabling Dr. Quayle to embark on a 10-month trip to Guatemala in 2018-19. He and his fellow travelers were able to comprehensively treat more than 1,000 patients in that time.

Read about the high points and the challenges in his recent interview with Incisal Edge magazine.

What motivated the Quayle family to give back?

The desire to live intentionally guides his family, says Dr. Quayle.

“We wanted to do something different, to share our talents for something more than just higher production and more money.  We wanted to make a difference in the world.  What initially was the scariest thing we have ever done turned out to be the greatest thing we have ever done.”

His advice: 
“Go for it!  If you have a dream or a passion you are putting aside, ask yourself why you aren’t pursuing it.  Pursuing our passions make us come alive.”

Shoutout to 4 who inspire
Dr. Cameron Quayle

  1. Glen Dean, DDS. “He was the dentist who initially invited me to Guatemala to volunteer nearly 10 years ago.  Since then he has mentored me, answered hundreds of my questions and helped by letting us borrow some of his equipment in Guatemala.”
  2. Greg and Lucy Jensen. “They moved to Guatemala from the U.S. nearly eight years ago with their four young boys.  Since then they started Cultiva International, a non-profit that teaches local, indigenous people to grow their own vegetables and improve their nutrtion.” 
  3. Gaby Munoz.  “Gaby is the director of an organization by the name of Faith Seeds. … They work with the extreme poor. These families live on $4 to $5 per day.  She has faced enormous challenges and yet still shows up every day to serve these families.  She is Guatemalan serving her fellow Guatemalans.” 

How can you help?

To help support Dr. Cameron Quayle and Mason Gives through donations or other means, please visit masongives.com.

Dr. Cameron Quayle cares for a dental patient in Guatemala as his children observe.
Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie performing dental procedures on a young patient.

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie takes dentistry to the ‘212th degree’ #IE40Under40

When fresh out of high school or college, some people know which career paths to follow. After settling in, some discover a calling to positively impact people in the community that pulls them off course.

That describes the path of Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, who shifted careers to become a board-certified pediatric dentist. Today he offers oral health care at his new practice, Lavoie Pediatric Dentistry, in Swansea, Massachusetts.

He started his health care journey in the nursing profession.

My experiences as a nurse opened my eyes to the extent to which early childhood caries, the most common chronic disease in children, exists, and how severely it can impact overall health and emotional well-being. My heart was broken for these kids and I wanted to be able to address oral disease more directly, but my influence as a nurse was limited to referrals and preventive education. I decided to go back to school to become a dentist.

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie describes his career transition from nurse to pediatric dentist.

Helping children overcome and prevent cavities, a disease that affects 1 out of 5 children aged 5 to 11 years old, is a calling that the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree has dedicated his life to achieving. And so, he left nursing to help children who may not know about the consequences of dental neglect.

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, makes the most of his NYC experience as an Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree.

He believes in his mission so much that he built a new office that opened in August to better help and educate about the importance of oral health. Dr. Lavoie and his team are committed to providing an experience beyond the typical dental experience.

Our office culture places a significant emphasis on the fact that every patient is a VIP and an extended member of our dental family. We enjoy connecting on a personal level with each child who walks through the door, as well as their siblings, parents, or whoever else may accompany them. While most offices do make efforts in these areas, we attempt to reach the ‘212th degree.’

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie explains his team’s work ethic and the extent to which they provide individualized, high-quality care.
Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie’s new practice in Swansea, Massachusetts uses advanced dental equipment to treat patients.

The new office features five operatories with room to expand to 10 as his dentistry grows. It’s designed to enhance patient comfort using the latest technology and old fashion hospitality.

Dr. Lavoie uses electronic record-keeping, an environmentally sustainable alternative to paper, as well as the latest digital radiology equipment. While patients wait in the lounge, he provides them with tablets, HDTVs and coffee. It’s a welcoming atmosphere, especially for his patients’ parents.

During the construction process, especially as the opening deadline approached, he experienced sleepless nights, but also the euphoria of building a new practice and helping children.

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie and his wife Katy at the grand opening of his practice.

Every child he meets is a meaningful encounter, Dr. Lavoie said, and a way for him “…to guide them through a difficult experience and to be able to get them smiling before they leave, or possibly even excited to come back, is an incredibly good feeling,” .

Like all professions, aspects challenge the ability to work efficiently, and dentistry is no exception.

Navigating the mess of dental insurance is, in my opinion, the largest difficulty. There are so many dental insurance companies that exist, each with their own set of rules in regard to range and frequency of treatments. It makes it incredibly confusing for both patients and dental staff, and phone calls to resolve any confusion can easily run upward of 30 minutes, which impacts the time and resources that can be focused on quality patient care.

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie

Outside the Dental Practice

Outside the office, Dr. Lavoie classifies spending time with family as the most important aspect of his life. He’s an animal lover and foodie, who rarely frequents the same restaurants.

He enjoys discovering new, culturally authentic cuisine, especially ones that induce sweat and ignite his taste buds. He enjoys watching football and, of course, as a New Englander, his favorite team is the New England Patriots, a team that has won six Super Bowls since 2002.

Dr. Lavoie, his dental team and new office are ready to help children form healthy dental habits through regular visits and self-care for years to come.

We strive every day to re-define the negative stigma that generally follows dentistry and create a generation of self-empowered individuals when it comes to oral health.

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie.

Incisal Edge earns 3 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards

This prestigious recognition in the publishing community benchmarks excellence in editorial, design.

Incisal Edge earns top spot in three categories and honorable mention in nine during the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of publishing.

The nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge, published by Benco Dental since 1997 — is recognized for its offerings across digital and print media, as well as video. Winners from B2B, consumer, association and regional publishing brands were announced during a celebratory gala on October 30 during The FOLIO: Show at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

In the B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing category, Larry Cohen, Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate for Benco Dental received an Eddie for “Larry’s Collection,” a column on dental artifacts culled from hundreds in his personal reserve.

Kristie Ceruti, the magazine’s Digital Editor, garnered an Eddie for a series of articles that takes an architectural and interior design tour of the country’s most impressive dental practices.

IncisalEdgeMagazine.com received an Eddie for website with a revamp of the digital product by Christopher Cruz, Kevin Garubba, Kristie Ceruti, Rachel Pugh and Loriah Webby.

Incisal Edge earns top spot in three categories and honorable mention in nine during the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate excellence in journalism and design across all sectors of publishing. Kristie Ceruti (shown) garnered an Eddie for a series of articles that takes an architectural and interior design tour of the country’s most impressive dental practices. (Photo courtesy Eric Larsen)

Categories in which Incisal Edge received honorable mention awards include:

Eddies, awards for journalism

Ozzies, awards for design

  • Cover Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, Fall 2018 by Loriah Webby
  • Feature Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, 40 Under 40: the 8th annual Kind of Blue, Fall 2018 by Loriah Webby
  • Overall Design (Single Magazine Issue), B2B: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 by the Incisal Edge Design team of Sharon Fiorini, Donna Shrader, Jimmy Musto and Loriah Webby.
  • Photography, B2B, Print: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 by Eric Larsen
  • Site Design, B2B: Incisal Edge, IncisalEdgeMagazine.com by Christopher Cruz and Kevin Garubba

“Our readers are a constant source of inspiration, and Incisal Edge is the direct result. Their passion unites us around the shared purpose of driving dentistry forward, and that in turn pushes us to constantly elevate our standards of quality,” said Incisal Edge co-founder Chuck Cohen. “We’re very proud that our team’s hard work is being recognized alongside so many worthy fellow nominees.”

The Folio: team, along with their panel of 200+ judges, received more than 2,000 entries submitted this year in 33 categories. Other publishers among the 2019 finalists are: ESPN the Magazine, Forbes Media, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation and Variety. View the full list here.

Incisal Edge is a previous recipient of an Ozzie Award for Under40Summit.com in the category of Site Design for in 2018. To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

Chilly temps and even cooler dental innovations

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 

Benco Dental is driving dentistry forward with the newest and coolest technology doctors need in the form of its Six Neat Things promotion.

Z-Vac cleans and deodorizes systems and equipment.

While it’s cleaning and deodorizing, the Benco Brands Z-Vac concentrated Evacuation System Cleaner offers a neutral pH and leaves equipment smelling great with a fresh lemon fragrance. 

The Z-Vac Concentrated Evacuation System Cleaner from Benco Dental.

Used for cleaning and deodorizing systems and equipment, Z-Vac is compatible with amalgam separators and dissolves and destroys a wide range of dental debris. 

Among Z-Vac benefits: 

  • Non-foaming 
  • Biodegradable 
  • Premeasured bottle 

For more information on Benco Brands’ Z-Vac, click here.

Offer your patients affordable dentures with Nuvoflex’s Easy Denture 

With over 60 million people in the United States living life without even a single tooth in their mouth, Easy Denture can help provide full and bright smiles. 

Nuvoflex Easy Denture.

Once Easy Denture is in the patient’s hands, all he or she needs to do is follow simple steps: 

  • Place the denture in boiling water for 60 seconds 
  • Allow it to cool for 60 seconds
  • Fit it to the mouth shape
  • Create a tight suction by closing mouth and using a thumb to press against the top of the denture while sucking in.

Easy Denture costs a few hundreds of dollars in comparison to thousands of dollars for traditional dentures. 

Click here for more information on Nuvoflex’s Easy Denture.

Healthier gums? Look to Oral B GENIUS X Professional Exclusive and Oral B App

With the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence, the new Oral B GENIUS X provides real-time feedback to ensure best results from brushing.

Accessories offered with Oral B’s GENIUS X.

The power brush comes equipped with a timer to ensure that teeth are being brushed for a full two minutes as opposed to the 30-60 seconds that people brush on average.

GENIUS X benefits: 

  • Triple pressure control 
    • Reinforces gentle brushing 
  • Position detection 
    • Allows every zone to be targeted 
  • Customizable options with up to 12 different colors.

For more information on the Oral B GENIUS X, click here.

Enhance the protection, comfort of patients and staff with Provision New Safety Eyewear. 

The latest protective eyewear from Palmero offers everything from full-face shields and goggles to laser safety and bonding glasses. Every product offers comfort and affordability. 

Goggles offered in Palmero’s Provision New Safety Eyewear.

The Palmero Provision New Eyewear meets the 4 Cs of Safety Eyewear:

  • Certified – meets industry standards 
  • Clarity – high excellent optics with anti-fog and scratch resistance 
  • Comfort – ranges of frames, temple and nose bridge options to make the best fit 
  • Compliance – providing safety eyewear for everyone every day

Learn more about Palmero’s Provision New Safety Eyewear here.

Stay up to date with LED technology and Spring Health Product’s The CURE.

The CURE is the smallest, most powerful and durable LED curing light; now it features a wider lens. 

The CURE from Spring Health Products.

The LED has four diodes in the tip to provide a six-second cure at a wavelength capable of polymerizing most light-cured dental materials, even through porcelain. 

The CURE benefits: 

  • Lightweight (1.7 oz)
  • Slim, ergonomic design 
  • Durable, scratch resistant 
  • 11 mm lens
  • Easy disinfection 

The flat-back head and low-profile design ensure easy access to all areas of the mouth and the front and back power buttons allow for easy operations.

For more information on Spring Health Product’s The CURE, click here.

Use the Voco Traypurol Tabs to clean impression trays, instruments and more. 

Voco Traypurol tabs are simple to dose and use. Unlike traditional cleaning powders, the tabs automatically and completely dissolve in water. 

The Traypurol Tabs from Voco.

The Voco Traypurol Tabs:

  • Dissolve alginates and cements in a short amount of time
  • Are bio-degradable and pH-neutral 
  • Use gentle material – suitable for all rustproof metals and plastics

The solution is effective for up to 72 hours and doesn’t require the use of an ultrasonic cleaner. 

Click here to learn more about the Voco Traypurol Tabs.

Where can you get smiles like these? Try Pittsburgh. #countdowntoHalloween

If you want to see some transformational teeth, Jordan Patton suggests any number of the mutation scenes in John Carpenter’s The Thing.  

“The majority of those creatures just had such interesting anatomy choices, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Another great one is the transformation scene in American Werewolf in London! There were so many different dentures used through each stage of the transformation each one getting more and more intense.”

Jordan Patton, Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program Instructor at Douglas Education Center

If Patton sounds like he’s got insight on the subject, it’s not just because those Rick Baker creations are among his favorite dentition-related scenes in film. The artist dedicates his talents as a Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program Instructor at Douglas Education Center, just outside of Pittstburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jordan Patton during a painting demo for a graduation class portfolio at Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program before he became an instructor at the school.

Realism is vital in these projects, says Patton, who in 2018 was featured on SYFY’s FaceOff, a competition/elimination series in which special effects make-up artists participate in elaborate challenges for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood’s next great effects artist.

“Some of the biggest challenges to achieving a realistic look comes from subtle detailing that most wouldn’t think to pay attention to. If you want to achieve realism, you have to replicate every little detail to create the illusion of life inside your piece, down to broken capillaries, veining, pores, body hair, gloss finish versus matte finish.”

Jordan Patton, Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program Instructor at Douglas Education Center

The freelance sculptor, mask maker, and special effects artist explains some of the curriculum at the school. Before students begin working on major projects, they learn the fundamentals of anatomy.

“We start with a basic human anatomy class. We also stress the importance of anatomy in all of our base sculpture courses, as well as all of our prosthetic makeup classes, because anatomical knowledge is one of the main keys to being able to create a believable makeup.”

Photos courtesy Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program at Douglas Education Center.

Like Patton, graduates of Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program Instructor at Douglas Education Center move on to successful careers, some where the teeth aren’t designed to, well, terrify. Like dental labs.

“Our first introduction to dental labs as a viable employment option for special makeup effects graduates occurred when many years ago one of our graduates obtained a job in a local dental lab. This graduate realized that the skills he learned at DEC could be applied in a different industry and he was very excited to share that revelation with the Career Services office. By engaging with current students via Mock Interviews and classroom presentations, we were able to present a different career path option to upcoming graduates.”

Dana Melvin, Career Services Department at Douglas Education Center

“In addition to dental labs, our graduates move on to develop successful careers in the film industry, theaters, special effects and prop-making shops, medical prosthetics labs, theme parks, set design, toy making, professional makeup artistry, and much more.

Amanda Smith, a graduate of Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program Instructor works today as a CAD CAM Production Manager at a dental lab in Pittsburgh. Seven years ago, she was hired for her artistic ability. Here she explains her role.

Back at the school, Patton shares some of the techniques that help students advance in their fields.

“Here we teach a digital sculpting program called Z-Brush that gives the students an introduction into the 3D modeling world and how to utilize those tools, as well as the knowledge of how to work with different file types. Both will be helpful tools to utilize with the ever-advancing world of dental prosthetics.” 

He also explains the evolution in the field, using prosthetic dentures as an example.

“While some prefer to stick with the techniques of sculpting in clay on a stone positive and making molds of that, others might be more inclined to go a more digital route by utilizing 3D modeling programs, as well as 3D printing.”

Jordan Patton, Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program Instructor at Douglas Education Center

Haven’t got your fill of special effects as related to dentistry yet? See a few more examples of student creations at Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program Instructor at Douglas Education Center, shown below.

Learn more:

About Tom Savini’s Special Make-up Effects Program at Douglas Education Center: https://www.dec.edu/

About Jordan Patton: https://twitter.com/jpattonfx

Candy invented by a dentist? #countdowntoHalloween

Antque_cotton_candy_eatingWould you believe that a dentist invented that favorite sugary food of the local fair: cotton candy? It’s true! A dentist named William Morrison created it in 1897 with help from candy maker John C. Warton.

Originally called “Fairy Floss,” Dr. Morrison and Mr. Warton debuted their concoction at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, where it cost 25 cents. Today, that doesn’t sound like much for one of our favorite sugary treats, but in 1904, that was half the price of a ticket to enter the fair. Even though it was expensive, many people were intrigued by the spun sugar confection and more than 68,000 boxes were sold!

The early cotton candy machines were unreliable and often broke down. In 1949, Gold Medal Products of Cincinnati, Ohio, introduced a spring base for the machines that improved them. Today, Gold Medal Products manufactures almost all cotton candy machines.

While Morrison and Warton called their product “Fairy Floss,” I’m not sure the name was ever patented. In 1921 another dentist, Joseph Lascaux, improved on the earlier machine and patented the name “Cotton Candy,”  by which the confection is known today in America.

Antique_candy_bookWhile most dentists these days will tell you to stay away from sugar, cotton candy has less than other treats, simply because it’s mostly air. So, if you have the choice between cotton candy, funnel cakes, or deep fried Oreos at the next fair you attend, go for the cotton candy. Just be sure to brush your teeth when you get home, preferably with a toothbrush purchased from Benco Dental.

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

Dr. Melissa Ing teaches STEM through Mini Medical School

Do you remember your middle school anatomy class? The endless evenings spent reading page after page about cells and skeletons was a timeless, yet boring, way to learn about our bodies.

The human muscular and central nervous systems were complex subjects I grappled to understand. I struggled to keep attention in class as my teacher presented slides featuring charts and diagrams of muscle groups and functions I could only abstractly and vaguely comprehend. 

Dr. Melissa Ing, an associate professor in the Dept. of Comprehensive Care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, employs a unique approach when she teaches. Dr. Ing (shown above, instructed a middle school student) manages, orchestrates and creates real-life scenarios about subjects related to health and dentistry through the Mini Medical School program she organized to teach middle school children at Boston’s Museum of Science.

Dr. Melissa Ing, an associate professor in the Dept. of Comprehensive Care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (shown at right), and her team instruct students about STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) topics before delving into interactive medical investigations and procedures. Photos Courtesy Dr. Melissa Ing

“We teach kids the components of a blood vessel and have them build a vessel using different sized red buttons and white marshmallows to represent white blood cells. We teach them about dental forensics and how it can be used to solve a crime.”

Dr. Melissa Ing describes the lessons she teaches on STEM topics.

“Who Stole All the Toothbrushes?” is an activity where students use medical investigation techniques to solve a mystery. Students do more than listen to lectures; they are fully engaged and active participants in the program.

“We made little plots to go with it, and clues, so that the kids can try and learn about forensics. For instance, a fingerprint, a piece of hair, teeth marks, bite marks, saliva, a lip print on a glass…” says Dr. Ing.

She and her team use a problem-based approach and create situations that students must solve using appropriate medical techniques and procedures. 

“Then, for the next module, a Good Samaritan passenger trips over a piece of luggage at the airport breaking his arm. We teach the kids how to cast a broken arm.”

Her students’ favorite lesson: one where they learn how to suture a wound. Of course, they don’t suture a real, live participant, instead they use bananas. 

Dr. Melissa Ing, shown fourth from right, with her Mini Medical School team of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine students and faculty members. Photos Courtesy Dr. Melissa Ing

“The kids are given masks, gowns and gloves, so they have a great time as a doctor for the day. They sometimes can’t stop stitching the bananas and will name their bananas afterward, which is really funny.”

Students of Dr. Melissa Ing learn how to suture a wound using a banana as their patients.

Dr. Ing isn’t alone. She enlists a team of dental students and faculty members who help make the Mini Medical School possible. 

In 2015, she started the program in Boston, but two years ago, she set sail and took the program to Nantucket Island Public Schools, a school district on an isolated island where students have limited resources to learn about STEM fields—which are occupations that encompass Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

The Mini Medical School operates on grant funding and the kindness of volunteers who help make it possible, although when she first visited the school district in 2017, the school didn’t have a grant to pay for the program. Luckily, the town helped the school secure the funds.

The following year, the Nantucket school district received a donation from Innovation Pathways, an award granted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, that enabled Dr. Ing and her colleagues to visit a second time.

At Nantucket Island Public School, students use medical instruments and learn how they help industry professionals every day. Photos Courtesy Dr. Melissa Ing

Dr. Ing draws on nearly 30 years of dental experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

After completing her studies, Dr. Ing built and operated her own private practice and taught at the University of Connecticut. Shortly after, she became a full-time employee at UConn, where she held various positions, such as Team Leader and Director of Predoctoral Clinics. After 20 years there, she secured an associate professor position at her alma mater—Tufts University—and began teaching in 2011.

What’s next for Dr. Melissa Ing’s Mini Medical School?

The program will continue at Boston’s Museum of Science. Through grant funding, Dr. Ing and her team hope to return to Nantucket for a third year. She plans to visit Martha’s Vineyard for the first time as well, where students await the opportunity to suture bananas and learn about dental and medical professions.

STEM fields have grown to 17.3 million jobs or 79 percent since 1990, according to the Pew Research Center. Dr. Ing and her Mini Medical School are helping inspire the scientist, physicians and dentists of tomorrow.

Celebrate November, Women and Girls in STEM Month

Find out what the Museum of Science in Boston has in store for Women and Girls in STEM Month: https://www.mos.org/women-and-girls-in-stem-month