Flashback Friday: Rolling out the Floss

(TheDailyFloss.com illustration/Donna Shader and Eric Larsen)

Denture-shaped ice cubes are sure to earn a grin or a gag at your next soiree.

Thedailyfloss.com started out with a laugh. Unless you take denture-shaped ice cubes seriously. What better way to introduce you to TheDailyFloss.com than with a guide to holiday gift-giving – all things dental of course?

If a dentist occupies a special place in your heart, if you’re a practical practitioner sending Santa a tip list or if you’ve been searching for that snappy denture bracelet for years, you might want to flash back to 14 days of unique shopping options, beginning with Our Gift to You: http://thedailyfloss.com/2013/12/19/our-gift-to-you/

vintage adIf you’re a fan of #tbt (throwbackThursday), then a #tpt (toothpasteTuesday) nod to vintage preventive care option might be of interest.  What was exciting 30 years ago? According to this retro ad, Aqua-fresh‘s triple protection formula inspired wide-eyed anticipation. Here’s a flashback to some of your favorite toothpaste commercials from the 1980s.


TheDailyFloss.com sought to offer more than just laughs.  On the short list: updates on industry offerings (CAD/CAM much?), dental meetings across the globe (isn’t it time for Midwinter madness yet?) and practitioners, manufacturers and distributors at work, play and at their best – volunteering and donating to the greater good.

This set of blue wax teeth, created by students as part of their graduation requirements, can be found at the Historical Dental Museum at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

This set of blue wax teeth, created by students as part of their graduation requirements, can be found at the Historical Dental Museum at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

Noteworthy news bites (Massachusetts Dental Society’s 150th anniversary), ways to wile away winter weekends (At dental museums, where else?), exclusive exposes (Infection control at its worst) — we included those.

And thanks to a number of dental publications and bloggers hard at work all year, as well, (Dentaltown, DrBicuspid.com, Incisal Edge, ADA News, First Impressions, IDT, to name just a few) we offered links to breaking news, scientific breakthroughs and


Incisal Edge magazine conducted a nationwide survey of dentists, then had the results analyzed by a renowned White House pollster and compiled them in an array of infographics so beautiful they are sure to make readers happy. (Incisal Edge Design, Donna Shrader)

insightful surveys (Dentists are really, really happy. Take that, clowns.)

TheDailyFloss is proud to bring you dental-inspired poetry (we’re secretly rhyming rappers here at TheDailyFloss.)

We’ve even visited high-fashion photo shoots (with 40 of America’s best young dentists) to deliver you behind-the-scenes coverage: 2014 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 Photo Shoot in Greenwich Village, NYC

And our contributing bloggers tackled every topic from:

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Daniel Shimansky, a 2nd year dental student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, hails from Boca Raton, Florida.

* today’s dental education (Meet Daniel Shimansky, a student at The University of Pennsylvania),

* practice management (Thanks to guru Lisa Philp, president of Transitions ),

* yoganomics (Take time to stretch, say team members at Dental Enhancements),

* history (Oh, the things you can learn from Benco Dental’s Chairman, Chief Customer Advocate and collector of vintage dental equipment Larry Cohen)

* success stories (Be inspired by dental practices across the U.S. with Benco Dental Managing Director Chuck Cohen) and more thanks to new guest bloggers thedailyfloss.com welcomes every day (contact MolarMuse if you’d like to contribute at kceruti@benco.com).

Thanks to loyal readers who’ve been with us since day one, and new commenters who join every day. With you in mind, thedailyfloss.com aims to continue delivering an amalgamation of what’s new on the dental scene.

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#tbt: A quick quiz from the Chairman


By Larry Cohen/Benco Dental Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate

Due to my advanced age and my semi-retired state, I am not that up to date on what’s happening lately in dentistry and/or dental distribution; however, I do believe,  I am well versed on the history of both.   And with that thought in mind, I ask you young and eager readers – – – what do you think is the most important thing that has happened to dental distribution (that’s the business we are all in) in the past 50 years???  It can be a product, an event, a service or whatever you would like to guess has done the most to alter the face of dental distribution.

Think about it for a second and write down your best guess.  OK, have you figured it out?

Now, if the answer was anything other than the advent of UPS (United Parcel Service of America, Inc.), then I am sorry, but you guessed wrong.  UPS changed everything!!!  Before UPS, all dental distributors used to ship via the U.S. Postal Service – – – the exact name of the service was Parcel Post.  And in the days when Parcel Post was the only game in town, it took the post office 5 days to deliver a package 60 miles (like from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to Williamsport, Pa.) and then the package often got lost or damaged and customers were forever making claims of non-receipt of their goods.

In the early 1960s, UPS came on the scene. They delivered the package within 150 miles the next day, got a signed delivery receipt to boot,  and they did it all for less than the cost of shipping Parcel Post.  The advent of UPS was the beginning of the end for small local distributors who used to exist in every metropolitan area.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season.  And, if any of you guessed the correct answer, shoot me an email at lcohen@benco.com and let me know.

LARRY COHEN has over the past half-century collected hundreds of unique dental artifacts, which reside at Benco’s world headquarters in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Read Larry’s column quarterly in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2bc2b9ad#/2bc2b9ad/90

A match made in … Germany.

Main station, Cologne, Germany (courtesy IDS 2015)

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a dental match?

The Old Town of Cologne with the church "Groß St. Martin"

The Old Town of Cologne with the church “Groß St. Martin”

Digital innovation inspires a unique service of the 2015 International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, taking place March 10 to 14. BusinessMatchmaking365, a communication and business platform (available January 1) will allow exhibitor and visitors to contact each other directly to request and schedule meetings.

In her December column, Inside Dental Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Pam Johnson @InDentalTech  mentions this among the unique offerings at one of the largest dental trade shows in the world.

“The innovations on display by the 2,000+ exhibiting manufacturers are the culmination of years of research and development by forward-thinking scientists,” stated Johnson. She mentions the free downloadable app for smartphones that will provide a navigation system for the “labyrinth of exhibits.”

Read more from Johnson at: http://www.dentalaegis.com/idt/2014/12/Coming-Soon-IDS-2015

Register for the IDS at: http://english.ids-cologne.de/ids/for-visitors/Eintrittskarte/index.php

Caption: Shown at top, Main station in Cologne, Germany.

Special Delivery: From Troops to techies, Onsite Dental offers the answers

Onsite Dental started as a small company catering to the needs of growing young tech firms in Silicon Valley. Now its model of customized practice design and implementation is bringing bespoke dentistry to the factory floor, the boardroom and the barracks of the U.S. military.
Read the full story at Incisal Edge:

THE TRAUMA OF the initial weeks and months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, reverberated nationwide, as individuals and companies alike were thrust overnight into an unsettling new reality that was a sudden, stark contrast to the relative calm of the preceding decade.

One overlooked aspect of those first discomfiting weeks: the U.S. military’s need to get thousands of soldiers ready for deployment, very far afield, in a short amount of time. That of course included dental exams and, when necessary, oral treatment for GIs who knew they’d soon be sent to Afghanistan. The National Guard connected with Onsite Dental, a small California firm that had been founded in 1997 to deliver on-location dentistry in Silicon Valley to the burgeoning high-tech companies of the first Internet boom.

“After 9/11, Onsite learned that the National Guard needed help doing dental exams and treatment for soldiers before they deployed,” says Ern Blackwelder, Onsite’s CEO. “That’s what fueled the growth of the company from California across the country.”

Today, Onsite Dental — a division of Onsite Health, whose military services also encompass optometry, immunizations and much else — is active in 25 states and has become a pioneer in a new kind of dental-practice design and implementation: Think of what it offers as bespoke practices, full-service operations that can be customized as much, or as little, as a company desires.

Businesses are responding. Onsite’s client list includes the kinds of major technology firms in Silicon Valley on which it first built its reputation, as well as Fortune 500 and large manufacturing companies across the country. Once contracted, Onsite can deliver, in under 90 days, a cutting-edge facility that combines all the accoutrements of a permanent practice with the convenience of self-contained equipment for which no additional plumbing is necessary.

How did a Menlo Park social media company, want to  “hack it up themselves” in terms of practice look and feel? Find out in the full Incisal Edge story: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2bc2b9ad#/2bc2b9ad/68


Benco Dental honored at Best Places to Work in PA event

At the 2014 PA Best Places to Work Awards Event in Lancaster, Pa., Benco Dental was selected as the 15th Best Place to Work in PA (Large Company category). Associates celebrate the good news.

“From small mom-and-pop shops to hospitals, mills and major manufacturers, Pennsylvania’s job creators help make our commonwealth the best place to live, work and raise a family,” Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said. “DCED is honored to recognize these businesses that not only define Pennsylvania’s diverse and vibrant economy, but also empower our dedicated and talented workforce.”

Team Pennsylvania Foundation joined the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Central Penn Business Journal in announcing Pennsylvania’s 100 Best Places to Work at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Team Pennsylvania is a founding partner and lead sponsor of Best Places to Work since the program began nearly 15 years ago.

At the 2014 PA Best Places to Work Awards Event in Lancaster, Pa., Benco Dental (shown above) was selected as the 15th Best Place to Work in PA (Large Company category).

“This is our third best showing over the years and 11th time in 12 years that Benco has received such recognition,” said George Rable, Vice President of Culture & People at the fastest growing dental distribution company in the country. Benco Dental’s home office is located in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’ Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories.

Rable offered gratitude to the more than 1,300 associates who comprise the Benco Dental team when he said, “Thank you to all associates who took the time to complete a Best Places to Work survey. YOU make Benco a Great Place to Work!”

The Best Places to Work in PA includes two groups of 72 companies: small/medium-sized firms with 25-250 employees and 28 large-sized companies with 251 employees or more.

The rankings are compiled through research via a survey that’s sent to employers and employees from hundreds of companies in the commonwealth. Using a formula similar to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” the Best Companies Group scores the workplace practices survey along with the employee survey and each Best Places to Work candidate is given an overall score.

To be eligible, participating companies must:
• Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business;
• Be a publicly or privately held business;
• Have a facility in Pennsylvania;
• Have at least 25 employees in Pennsylvania; and
• Be in good standing with all commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction.

For details, visit: http://teampa.com/2014/12/companies-honored-at-best-places-to-work-in-pa-event/