Don’t fear the pineapple.

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Long recognized as a symbol of hospitality, this sweet yellow delight does not always play the role of a good houseguest in the mouth.

For some, the act of eating fresh pineapple causes a burning sensation to the mouth, lips and tongue. A recent report by Rose Gerber for shed some light on the subject.

According to Gerber:

“Pineapple is the only food known to contain bromelain, an enzyme that digests protein. The truth is, pineapple hurts to eat because bromelain is digesting the tender skin inside of your mouth.

Bromelain is most concentrated in the core (or stem) of the pineapple. When isolated, it is commonly used as a meat tenderizer (your tongue = meat). In supplement form, it is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.”

Right about now you’re probably questioning this blog’s headline. Bear with us; fresh pineapple lovers still have options:

  1. Deal with some discomfort and possibly reap health benefits. Savor the deliciousness and reap health benefits while knowing that your mouth will recover quickly – in some cases overnight. According to, pineapple is rich in a number of nutrients. For instance, a one-cup serving of fresh pineapple chunks contains 21 milligrams of calcium (promotes bone health), 180 milligrams of potassium (may help improve blood pressure) and 78 milligrams of vitamin C  (can protect your cells from damage by free radicals). Also, the bromelain in the pineapple may act as an anti-inflammatory in the body, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  2. Demonstrate your skills with a knife. The website suggests removing the core of the pineapple (bromelain is concentrated in the stem) to minimize the effects of the enzyme in your mouth.
  3. Fire up the grill. Any type of heat will work to help deactivate the enzymes, but nothing says summer like grilled goodness. To keep it simple and low calorie, see or add some healthy fats – salmon and avocado – with this FoodNetwork recipe:



Does your dentist rock? Kids in the Philly burbs say yes.

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Paint with a Twist. Wear an Ugly Sweater. Guess the Number of Dog Bones/Turkey Feathers/Holiday-Inspired Items in the Jar. Pick Your Plaque (Away). Remain Cavity-Free.

In the suburbs of Philadelphia, at North Penn Pediatric Dental Associates, LLC, the goal of engaging young patients comes second only to providing optimum oral health care.

What began with the inspiration of Dr. Richard Galeone in 1972, has today evolved into a team of six doctors, and a staff of more than 20 who provide pediatric and adolescent dental care, as well as orthodontics. Their aim: to teach children the proper way to care for their teeth and learn that going to the dentist can be fun.




Their latest feat: a Summer Selfie Smile Contest.

For a chance to win cool prizes through July and August, the practice invite patients to choose favorite dental props (some examples below), take a selfie and upload it to the practice Facebook page or send an email to  

Are they doing something right?  An array of smiling contest winners, and 43 years of returning patients say yes.

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18 products earn ‘Best of Class’ for technology


Launched eight years ago, the Best of Class Technology Awards recognize innovative dental products that, according to their creator Dr. Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, “set a quality standard in their respective categories.”

How does an innovation earn the designation?

Individually, panel members spend countless hours each year researching practice-changing technologies, according to Afterward, at every Chicago Midwinter Meeting, a board convenes, dedicates time reviewing the research, debating the characteristics that define what it means for a product to earn the name Best of Class.


Dr. John Flucke

Recently, Dr. John Flucke announced the 2016 Best of Class Technology Award recipients in Dental Products Report June edition, as follows:

3Shape TRIOS
Bien-Air iOptima/iChiropro
Dentrix Ascend
Doxa Ceramir C&B
HR for Health
Kerr SonicFill 2
LED VELscope Vx with iPod Touch
MMG Fusion
Orascoptic EyeZoom
Orascoptic Spark
Shofu EyeSpecial C-II
Vatech Green CT 10×8
WEO Media

2015 Incisal Edge Winter GreenCT[8]In 2015, Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine readers heard from several doctors whose comments spoke volumes about the Vatech PaX-i3D Green CT 10×8, which is featured among the 2016 Best of Class Technology Award recipients.

Among them, Dr. Ibrahim Alhussain at Tysons West Orthodontics in Vienna, Virginia and Dr. Michael Rogers at Complete Health Dentistry of NEPA, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Two weeks after the Green CT was delivered to his practice, Dr. Rogers spotted significant calcification in an older patient’s carotid artery during a routine 3D scan. Dr. Rogers recommended immediate medical attention, and his patient was able to get prompt care.

“The GreenCT let us see what we didn’t realize was there and save our patient from a potential heart attack or stroke,” Dr. Rogers told Incisal Edge. “It has given us the ability to partner with our local physicians in viewing dentistry and medicine as an integral part of patients’ overall well-being.”

Dr. Alhussain’s unit was one of the first GreenCT installed in the U.S.; its efficient output protects both patient and clinician and produces superb images in a rapid scan time of just 5.9 seconds for a 3D image and 0.8 seconds for a for a cephalometric scan.

He said parents concerned about the effects of radiation on their kids love it. “As health providers, we must abide by the ALARA principle: As Low as Reasonably Achievable,” said Dr. Alhussain, referring to the delicate balance between radiation level and image clarity.

“Children and adolescents, who form the majority of orthodontic patients, are more radiosensitive than adults. The GreenCT just made sense.”

Learn more about the 2016 Best of Class Technology Award recipients at:



Total recall: First Impressions shares Benco’s ‘bolder, brighter’ vision


In its June edition, a publication with the sole focus of making dental distribution sales reps better, offers an insider’s view of one company’s efforts to do the same.

First Impressions Magazine takes a guided tour through the four-day experience that was the Benco Sales Forum. Hosted in early March by the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor – Benco Dental- the forum theme reflected the philosophy the company employs on a daily basis: “Bolder. Brighter. Better.”

According to First Impressions’ coverage:

“We were wowed by Dr. Gordon Christensen, the founder and director of Practical Clinical Courses, and keynote speaker Cary Mullen, a two-time Olympian and successful businessman. The Lucy Hobbs Project™ sponsored Libby Gill, an international speaker who helps maximize ‘Leadership DNA,’ and Dr. Terryl Propper, a previous recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award.”

Speaking of Dr. Gordon Christensen, the event held a surprise in store for dentistry’s key opinion leader. (Shown) Dr. Christensen was inducted into the Incisal Edge Innovators Hall of Fame by the dental lifestyle magazine’s editor and Benco Vice President of Marketing Paul Jackson.

Another significant celebration: Benco Dental Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen was honored with an 80th birthday celebration. In addition to a menu of his favorites, Cohen was presented a one-of-a-kind gift: a bound volume of “Flat Larry” photos contributed by Benco associates across the nation, borrowing from the Flat Stanley® concept.

Learn more about the company’s initiatives for 2016 and hear from Kari Taylor, VP of Sales/Branch Operations, who joined the company’s senior leadership team in January:


Benco Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen addresses the crowd Friday night, March 4, at surprise birthday celebration in honor of his 80th birthday. Shown, with his granddaughter Leah Cohen (left) and son, Benco Managing Director Rick Cohen (right), Larry thanks attendees for a unique gift: a bound volume of “Flat Larry” photos contributed by Benco associates across the nation, borrowing from the Flat Stanley® concept.




Don’t fall prey to a Twitter bot. Smile.

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Everyone has a friend who won’t oblige when asked politely to “Say cheese” for a group photo. A new Twitter bot soon might allow you a chance at revenge, by turning that frown upside down into a creepy, toothy grin.

Currently, you can see it in action on celebrities @smilevector, an algorithm created by New Zealand neural network researcher Tom White.

According to

If you submit a photo of your favorite celebrity in a glum or neutral pose, it’ll turn it into a bizarre, “I just ate a child” kind of grin. The bot “uses a generative neural network to add or remove smiles from images it finds in the wild” or submitted to its follow list, according to its creator.

Read more at:

See it in action: