Tommy Tucker’s Tooth: Walt Disney touted dental care before Mickey Mouse was king

Early film showcased everything from horror to zany comedy to … dental education films.
Yes, that’s right, one of the uses of early silent film was to educate children on proper dental hygiene!

Tommy_Tucker's_ToothOne of the first films of its kind, Tommy Tucker’s Tooth (1922) was produced by none other than Walt Disney, six years before he introduced the world to Mickey Mouse in 1928 in Steamboat Willie.

In December of 1922, a Kansas City dentist named Thomas B. McCrum went to the office of the Laugh-O-Gram film studio, where a very young Walt Disney was working; he wanted Disney to create an educational film about children’s dental health. He signed a contract with Disney to have him produce and create 500 copies of the film called Tommy Tucker’s Tooth. Disney went on to use the money from this production to move to Hollywood and start up his own cartoon studio.

TommyTuckerToothThe resulting production was a silent, 15-minute live-action film with animated inserts, focusing on two boys, Tommy Tucker, a young man who takes care of his teeth and appearance, and Jimmy Jones, who neglects his oral hygiene. When Tommy is hired for the job both youngsters apply for, Jimmy realizes the error of his ways, cleans up his mouth and his act, and eventually finds gainful employment.

Clarateeth Disney produced another dental film for Dr. McCrum, called Clara Cleans Her Teeth. The role of Clara was played by Disney’s own niece. By then, he had a studio set up in Hollywood and the credits on this picture reflect that. Disney went on to make more educational films for the dental market for 30 years, as well as produce plenty of cartoons starring everyone’s favorite mouse, Mickey.

 

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.

Incisal Edge to honor 2019 ‘40 Under 40’

America’s Best Young Dentists to convene at Manhattan celebration June 6, 7

Dental lifestyle magazine expands signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; fall edition will spotlight 80 professionals from across the United States.

PITTSTON, PA — May 20, 2019 — Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor 80 of America’s rising stars at a two-day event, June 6 and 7, in the NoMad district of Manhattan. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” released today, will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Dr. Heidi B. Aaronson, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Michelle Augello, Buffalo, New York, Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Andrew F. Bartish, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Blair, West Allis, Wisconsin, Dr. Jaime S. Bremnes, Garden City and New York, New York, Dr. Corey Brick, New York, New York, Dr. Elizabeth Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Tyler J. Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Stanford Chen, Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Riley D. Clark, Medford, Oregon, Dr. Christen Dinkha, Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Emily Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Dustin R. C. Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Ryan Dulde, Eagle, Wisconsin, Dr. Kajuana Farrey, Riverdale and Moultrie, Georgia, Dr. Brianna Ganson, Leawood, Kansas, Dr. Randi Green, Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Dan Iannotti, Valencia, California, Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sako Karakozian, Studio City, California, Dr. Bill Keith, Mission, Kansas, Dr. Brittany Kinol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Arend Klooster, Holly Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg, New York, New York, Dr. Taline Kotchounian, Studio City, California, Dr. Kiwon Lee, Montvale, New Jersey, Dr. Katie McCann Lee, Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Jeff Moon, Haymarket, Virginia, Dr. Brett Moore, Plymouth, Minnesota, Dr. Nicole R. Naylor, Denver, North Carolina, Dr. JC Owens, Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Dr. Seena Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Onika Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shalin Patel, Dallas, Texas, Dr. Rebecca Pounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Caleb Robinson, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Dr. Jason Watts, Lithia, Florida, Dr. Richard J. Weber, Tabernacle, New Jersey.

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Dr. Huda Aljonaidy, Ormond Beach, Florida, Dr. Daniel Cassarella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Quinn Chan, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Monica Chandran, Olney, Maryland, Dr. Rita Chuang, Torrance, California, Dr. Charlie Clark, Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad, Chanhassen, Minnesota, Dr. Mark M. Dawoud, Palm Harbor, Florida, Dr. Hemant Dhawan, Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Nasem Dunlop, Foothill Ranch, California, Dr. Troy Eans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Roselyne Gichana, Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Susan Hernandez, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, Tennessee, Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, Swansea, Massachusetts, Dr. Tommy Lee, Montvale, New Jersey and New York, New York, Dr. Setareh Aghabak Lavasani, Pomona, California, Dr. Danielle Lombardi, New York, New York, Dr. Shawn Marsh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ryan Mendro, Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Justin Messina, Englewood, New Jersey, Dr. Alexis K. Moore, Valencia, California, Dr. Bar Nguyen, Spring and Katy, Texas, Dr. Lizzie O’Dell, Hurricane, West Virginia, Dr. BiNa Oh, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Valerie Okehie, Greenbelt, Maryland, Dr. Liliana Ortiz, New York, New York, Dr. Hubert J. Park, Lynn, Massachusetts, Dr. Mary Regina Pham, Placentia, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sean Pierce, Newport Beach and Tustin, California, Dr. Joel M. Preminger, Cedarhurst, New York, Dr. Kadambari Rawal, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Samantha Rawdin, New York, New York, Dr. Tuhina Sen Roy, Little Falls, New Jersey, Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, Austin, Texas, Dr. Andrea Smith, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarah Stipho, Framingham, Massachusetts, Dr. Walter D. Thames, Garden Ridge, Texas, Dr. Alexander Volchonok, New York, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Stephanie Zeller, Seattle, Washington.

“The sheer volume of nominations has grown to a point where we could no longer narrow our honorees to just 40,” said Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge. “As doctors strive for greater excellence in every aspect of practice—from cutting-edge clinical expertise to innovative entrepreneurship to remarkable patient environments—it became necessary to provide more opportunities to recognize their important achievements. That’s a great problem for dentistry to have.”

The itinerary for 2019 honorees includes an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers. The top young dentists in the nation will take a well-deserved break from the rigors of medicine and receive the red-carpet treatment by magazine staff, and a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis. The photography portfolio they create will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. 

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in the profession. Renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy or a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Members of the 2018 40 Under 40 are shown on the cover of the 2018 fall edition, photographed at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi, 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001. (Style Director Joseph DeAcetis/ Photography Sasha Maslov)

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.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and 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. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

No Inventory, No Sales Tax Worries: New Ways For Docs To Dispense Highly-Rated PRO-SYS® VarioSonic®

There’s a better way for patients to try an ADA Accepted power toothbrush right in their dentist’s office—and a new, hassle-free way for doctors to offer it.

The PRO-SYS CheckUp program delivers everything necessary to display and demonstrate VarioSonic. An attractive countertop display contains a working VarioSonic unit, brush heads and patient brochures. The demonstration and disinfection protocol is fast, simple and effective, using a fresh barrier sleeve and new brush head for each session. Not only do patients get to try it themselves, they also benefit from professional coaching during their visit to get the most from VarioSonic later when using it at home.

Doctors who don’t wish to maintain an inventory, or worry about collecting sales tax, can also participate in PRO-SYS Patient Direct. Benco Dental does all the work. It’s as simple as placing the order online on the patient’s behalf. Benco Dental will then ship items directly and credit the practice a percentage of the sale price.


CheckUp offers everything practices need to display and demonstrate VarioSonic.

Why VarioSonic? It’s an advanced, value-packed power toothbrush that competes with units costing much more. It earned the highest possible rating from The Dental Advisor (+++++, Excellent) based on a 96% overall score. It also won an Editor’s Choice nod, which is reserved exclusively for “a unique, significant product.”

Evaluators commented specifically on its choice of distinct cleaning modes (“I liked the option of 5 intensities”) and overall satisfaction with the product (“Very nice brush. Works well, is quiet and easy to use”). Patients called out VarioSonic’s long battery life (“Held its charge for my 10-day trip!”), comfort (“easier on my gums than my normal brush,” “light weight with calm vibrations”) and dexterity (“I was able to easily reach my back teeth”).

Even more remarkable: PRO-SYS VarioSonic’s suggested retail price to patients is $69—significantly less expensive than competing models that can’t offer the same flexibility, features or top-rated performance.

VarioSonic is among a limited number of power toothbrushes to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance. It delivers the perfect, essential combination of five unique brush heads and five distinct cleaning modes for a total of 25 possible intensities. The automatic timer feature guides users through each quadrant to ensure brushing for the optimal length of time. Plus, battery life is remarkable: up to a month under normal use when fully charged. VarioSonic is portable, easy to carry and comes with a travel case included. Each unit it backed by a one-year warranty.

To learn more, see your Friendly Benco Rep or visit pro-sys.com. Don’t have a Friendly Benco Rep? Call 1-800-GOBENCO to schedule a visit.  

About PRO-SYS

PRO-SYS is an owned brand of Benco Dental, one of the industry’s most recognized and innovative companies. It began as a line of Edison Award-winning manual toothbrushes and quickly grew into a complete oral care brand offering everything from the advanced VarioSonic power toothbrush to everyday essentials like toothpaste, floss and oral rinses.

About Benco Dental


Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pennsylvania headquarters, one in Southern California and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and 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. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Tennis player’s life-saving trip to her dentist

American tennis player Nicole Gibbs can thank a recent dental visit for potentially saving her life.

“About a month ago, I went to the dentist and was alerted to a growth on the roof of my mouth,” she wrote on Twitter this week. “The biopsy came back positive for a rare cancer called mucoepidermoid carcinoma (salivary gland cancer). Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment.”

The 117th-ranked Gibbs, who made it to the third round of the 2014 US Open, was headed to the French Open but will skip it to undergo treatment. On the bright side, she said her doctor “okayed me to play an extra couple tournaments these past few weeks which served as a nice distraction.”

She is set to undergo surgery on Friday, May 17 and expects a four- to six-week recovery period. “My goal is to be back for Wimbledon qualifying at the end of June,” she wrote.

Benco Family Foundation provides support for oral health care for underserved children in Boston

On March 23, children and families visiting Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston received free chair-side dental screenings and oral health education. For the second year, the Benco Family Foundation has supported the ADA Give Kids A Smile Day event hosted at Tufts by providing toothbrushes, flossers and two-minute timers.

“Providing children with the dental supplies they need to practice good oral health care at home is part of the Benco Family Foundation mission to educate children on the importance flossing and brushing. We are dedicated to improving dental health in our local communities and proud to partner with Tufts at Give Kids A Smile Day,” said Rebecca Binder, Benco Family Foundation Executive Director.

The ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Day, created in 2003 by the ADA Foundation treats more than 5.5 million children per year, many with inadequate access to care. Cavities are the most common chronic disease of children in the United States: 80 percent of tooth decay is found in 20 to 25 percent of children, many of whom live in low-income households and do not have routine access to dental care. The faculty, staff, and students at Tufts, under the guidance of Dr. Martha Forero, provide a fun and educational environment for the oral health care of children at the Give Kids A Smile day, especially for those children without a dental home.

Since 2015, the Benco Family Foundation has assisted people worldwide through PRO-SYS® toothbrush donations with its Buy-One-Give-One program, and in that time has donated more than 1.1 million toothbrushes. For every PRO-SYS adult tapered or antimicrobial toothbrush purchased from Benco Dental, the philanthropic arm of America’s largest family-owned dental distributor donates a toothbrush to someone in need.

The Benco Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in its local communities and around the world. Established in 2005, the foundation supports oral health solutions and community organizations that are innovative, sustainable, measurable and impactful.

Learn more about the Benco Family Foundation: bencofamilyfoundation.org

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.”

Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas.

Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and 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. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Celebrate Wellness Together With Your Entire Dental Team in October #LHP19

The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration is a perfect retreat for your dental team. Learn how to incorporate wellness concepts to build happier, more productive and engaged teams.
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For special group pricing, email ariviello@benco.com.

Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Details: https://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

In addition to honoring six inspirational women in the dental profession, earn 3 Continuing Education credits and benefit from guest speakers, panel discussions and more.

Want to attend The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration?

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
CE Credits: 3
Theme: What: Mind+Body+Soul, Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work
Ticket price: $199.00
Accomodation details: To extend your stay at The Blackstone Hotel, there is a Lucy Hobbs group rate of $255.00 plus tax per night (subject to availability).

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Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

What can you expect from this year’s event?

  • Hear From Diverse Leaders Who Understand Your Challenges.Running a thriving, rewarding practice means making yourself a priority. You can’t fully show up for your team as an effective and inspiring leader if you’re not in peak mental, emotional and physical health. Our panel of experts includes women who live your challenges everyday: successful practitioners, specialists, hygienists, office managers and more. Because it’s not about living up to unrealistic goals, it’s about becoming the best you.
  • Discover Ways To Practice For Optimum Body Health.The physical demands of dentistry can be punishing – and the effects only worsen as we age. But you can take steps now to improve your posture and ergonomics, whether you’re a dentist constantly hunched over patients, or an office manager too busy to leave your desk. Speakers will open your eyes to the latest techniques for being more mindful of your body and including more healthy motion in your day.
  • Get Real With Fun Solutions For Feeding Yourself & Family.Busy lives demand energy. But chances are, you’re not only fueling yourself, but family too. When the pressure’s on, it’s easy to compromise for the sake of convenience. A cooking and nutrition panel will help you live better through realistic tricks for incorporating healthy meals and snacks throughout the day…even when time is tight. From recipe planning to meal prep,  take away valuable tips you can use as soon as you get home.

About The Lucy Hobbs Project


The national, long-term program, powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, helps women in dentistry use their voices as a force for change. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, it supports the following pillars: innovation, networking, and giving back. To learn more, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: http://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

One-Day Dental MBA, Cannabis Culture and Dentistry … these topics and more are all part of a May 3 CE event in PA

Renowned dental experts, including Dr. Howard Farran, will convene in Northeast Pennsylvania on Friday, May 3 to share knowledge with lecture topics as varied as “The Fearless Dental Team,” “Cannabis Culture and Dentistry,” “Win the Insurance Game,” “Oxygen, Please,” and “One-Day Dental MBA”.

Dental professionals will gain CE credits and unique insight from Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, Leslie Icenogle, Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA and Kay Huff RDA at the 2019 Spring Fling sponsored by Benco Dental at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

For details, call 1.800.GOBENCO.

Want a sneak preview?

Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.25.29Dr. Farran’s “One-Day Dental MBA” lecture explains how to help build a remarkable dental office that will make a difference to the community. Spend the day learning practical hands-on applications that can be immediately translated to a dental practice team.

During “Win the Insurance Game,” Leslie Icenogle invites dental teams to maximize reimbursement for services rendered by discussing accurate coding and required supporting documentation, prompt filing and follow-up, common posting errors, inaccuracies in explanation of benefits and improper denials.
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Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA presents “Cannabis Culture and Dentistry” and “Oxygen, Please!”  The first discussion focuses on a rapid change in recent years in both public opinion and reported science concerning marijuana use and its effects.  The course will take a closer look at the changing Cannabis Culture:

What is the difference between hemp, and marijuana, THC and CBD? What about medical vs. recreational use? Methods of ingesting marijuana will be discussed, with their effects on the oral cavity. What are preventive oral health strategies dental professionals can utilize to best protect patients?

Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.38.32Jaecks’ second presentation aims to empower health care professionals to make positive choices for their physical and mental selves, resulting in better care for the patients they serve. Taking a cue from the American Nurses Association’s campaign Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ , health promotion strategies from this course will center on four focus areas: physical activity, sleep, nutrition, and quality of life. Healthy practitioners better ensure healthier patients.

In “The Fearless Dental Team,” Kay Huff, RDA asks the vital questions:

Are you afraid that your patients or your team won’t accept change? Does every decision your office makes revolve around the “what-ifs”?

She then reaffirms the concepts that it is vital to have a vision and share it. It’s OK to ask Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.41.30your patients for money and get paid. It’s OK not to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

She directs attendees to “Push fear aside and discover the success and benefits of a Fearless Dental Team.”