What do Dead Sea Scrolls and dentistry have in common? More than you might think.


Lumps of charcoal in a box.

That’s what Pnina Shor, the head of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Israel Antiquities Authority, received from Emanuel Tov, an expert on the Dead Sea scrolls at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

According to the New York Times, what Dr. Shor did next led to an incredible discovery.

“I said, ‘There is nothing we can do because our system isn’t geared toward these chunks,’ ” she said. But because she was submitting other objects for a high-resolution scan, she put one of the lumps in with other items.

Dr. Shor had the lump scanned by a commercially available, X-ray based, micro-computed tomography machine, of the kind used for fine-resolution scanning of biological tissues….”

Read the full story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/science/ancient-sea-scrolls-bible.html?emc=eta1&_r=0  to learn how CBCT technology (similarly used in the dental industry) combined with developments by computer scientists at the University of Kentucky identified the scroll’s content – a fragment identical to the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible which, “at nearly 2,000 years old, is the earliest instance of the text.”

Might the text in the scroll found at the En-Gedi excavation site in Israel be considered a Dead Sea scroll?

Dr. Tov told the New York Times that “scholars might come to consider the En-Gedi manuscript as a Dead Sea scroll, especially if the early date indicated by paleography is confirmed.”

 Read the full story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/science/ancient-sea-scrolls-bible.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

Three reasons to clear 60 minutes on your Wednesday calendar.

  1. You know you’ve always wanted a free opportunity to gain an understanding of the scientific criteria for early loading, crestal bone preservation with implant thread design and prosthetic simplicity (10 diameter implants using one prosthetic connection).

    Dr. Isaac Tawil

    Dr. Isaac Tawil

  2. Dr. Isaac Tawil, current President of AIE Advanced Implant Educators, promises to deliver a clear message that will allow dentists to treat more patients in record time. His topic: an in-depth presentation on the clinical benefits of AnyRidge Implant System and the simplicity of the system vs. competitive implants.
  3.  In one hour (45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A, but who’s counting), you can earn one interactive CEU compliments of ids (integrated dental systems), a privately held company that designs, manufactures and distributes dental implants, and Viva Learning.

Want to know more?

Who: ids will be hosting their second live online CE Webinar with Viva Learning

What: AnyRidge Implant System free live webinar, Innovative Dental Implant Design for Immediate Loading and Greater Initial Stability, featuring Isaac Tawil, DDS, MS

When: Wednesday, September 28 at 8:15 P.M. (EST)

Where: A location convenient 

How: Register today by visiting www.vivalearning.com 

How does Tooth Fairy Design nurture your sentimental side? The business of baby teeth.


Spoiler alert: Details about my childhood tooth fairy will be revealed.

In my 20s, while helping prepare for a family holiday dinner, while securing a formal tablecloth from my mom’s bureau drawer, I stumbled across a collection of what appeared to be tiny fragments of discolored teeth.

Years prior I had solidified that a tooth fairy – or at least my tooth fairy – shared the same last name as me and owned my childhood home. What I didn’t realize was that after depositing currency under my pillow, my mom Gloria had saved a good portion of the baby teeth she retrieved.


Though not my baby teeth, a similar collection.

Finding her secret stash of tiny teeth prompted a sentimental moment, but it was easy to see why she hadn’t made a charm bracelet out of the rotted little corpses.

When a colleague at Benco Dental emailed me a blog tip about Tooth Fairy Designs®, a company that produces jewelry designed to create unique settings for specially processed baby teeth, it seemed worth sharing.

Tooth Fairy Design website explains: “In the United States and elsewhere, it is common for parents to save, at least for a while, the exfoliated baby teeth of their children as a keepsake of their childhood and development. The typical storage means is a small envelope, or decorative box. There are several disadvantages associated with dry storage of the exfoliated baby teeth… the small teeth will continue to dry out, and become more fragile and brittle with time… and of course, their natural geometry combined with bloodstains lacks the display appeal of photographs, gifts, letters, and other memorabilia.”

The problem solving Tooth Fairies patented processing steps to create jewelry and home accessory items from a child’s baby teeth.

“Once disinfected, cleaned and solidified, the tiny teeth show their amazing luster like little pearls.”


The Tooth Fairy’s Baby Tooth Bank™

If you’re like my mom and simply want to save the little chicklets for posterity, the possibilities are endless. Options range from The Toothfairy’s Baby Tooth Bank™  ($22.79, benco.com), which arrives in a silver gift box and provides a “special place to store baby teeth and tooth fairy money, plus record memorable dates.”

Or if a piece of wearable art that allows you to display these little gems-to-be appeals to you, Tooth Fairy Designs® offers options of earrings, pendants, charms and more, which range in price from $240 -$650+


“Boy Charm,” from Tooth Fairy Designs®, $240, plus tax.

Learn more at: https://toothfairydesigns.com/fashion



Is a dental assistant career in your future? One school celebrates 40 years of successful training.


National Health Professionals Week is slated for September 26- 30 and a Letter to the Editor published in yesterday’s Citizens Voice offers insight on dental assistant as a career option:

“According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the dental assisting job market is expected to increase by 18 percent through 2024. This is above average job growth, a reassuring statistic in an uncertain economy.”

One way to explore this career option, or to celebrate one program’s success: Visit Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA, where the college will celebrate its dental assisting program’s 40th anniversary Oct. 5 at the college’s Benco Dental Clinic at the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, which is free and open to all dental health professionals.

Following the reception, at 7 p.m. the course “OSHA and Infection Control” will be presented by Bridget Dorsey, RDH.

Two CEUs will be awarded at the conclusion of the program. Cost for the course is $35, which includes an OSHA manual.

For more information or to register to attend, call 570-740-0734 or visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed6vudc8a35826c9&llr=h6aif7sab

Weren’t at the Francis Marion Hotel last night? You can still be inspired.



A maximum capacity crowd in the Carolina Room of the Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, included the first female graduate of the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the first female President of the Texas Dental Association (TDA) and seemingly more dental trailblazers than Palmetto trees in “America’s Friendliest City”.

That doesn’t even account for the celebration’s namesake – Dr. Lucy Hobbs, who in 1866 became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry – or the event’s two distinguished honorees: Lucy Hobbs Project 2016 Industry Icon Theresa Gonzales, DMD, MS, MSS (shown above, right) and 2015 Woman to Watch Amanda Seay, DDS, AAACD (shown above, center).

To state that inspiration overflowed each time a speaker took the podium is no understatement, whether sharing  – with gripping honesty – the meaning gained from early career “failures” or offering startling examples of the lack of female leadership in the dental industry (only 6% representation) and beyond.

Addressing the more than 150 attendees at this celebration of women in dentistry hosted


Cathy Moss, DMD and her daughter @VirginiaOwen at @TheLucyHobbsProject celebration. Dr. Moss, the first female dental school graduate at MUSC, introduced honoree Dr. Theresa Gonzales.

by Benco Dental and Procter & Gamble’s Crest + Oral-B were Patricia Blanton, DDS, MS, PhD., the aforementioned first female President of the TDA, and Cathy Moss, DMD,  who enrolled in the MUSC College of Dental Medicine as its first female student in 1970 and earned her dental degree in 1973.


As she wrapped up her discussion of the possibilities and responsibilities that await us all, Dr. Blanton, (shown above left) who was recently named interim dean of  James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at MUSC, shared breaking news about her award-winning colleague. Just this week, Dr. Gonzales was elevated to Associate Dean of Curriculum and Communications.

Under Dr. Gonzales leadership, in just three years, the teachers she oversees have won national recognition, and test scores are the highest in the school’s history. Yet in an interview with Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine earlier this year,  Dr. Gonzales placed the credit with her students:

“I could not be more comfortable with the fate of the [den­tal] profession based on the people who have entered it. They have come into the profession for the right rea­son – to provide a public service.”

The Lucy Hobbs Project empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. The evening would not have been complete without a call to action from two humanitarians, Dena Davis and Dr. Mary The, representing Charleston County School District’s Head Start. Genuinely surprised by a presentation of healthy snack and toothbrushes donations from attendees for the children the program serves, Davis and Dr. The thanked the crowd and offered them a life-changing opportunity.

In the next 45 days their limited staff is challenged with completing health care screenings for 1,029 children in the Charleston community, ages birth to 5. The two women invited all in the room to donate their talents and Dr. Gonzales was the first to volunteer.

To learn more about The Lucy Hobbs Project, visit: http://thelucyhobbsproject.com/


Paparazzi! Dr. Theresa Gonzales and Dr. Amanda Seay in the spotlight as they receive their The LucyHobbsProject Awards. Two of Dr. Seay’s four children round out the press corps.