Clean sweep: PRO-SYS® is named a 2015 Silver Edison Award Winner

Richard Cohen, PRO-SYS® toothbrush developer and a Benco Dental Managing Director, joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the 2015 Edison Award winners. Cohen and Mandy Hull, Private Label Sr. Product Manager for Benco Dental, (shown) accepted the Silver Edison Award for PRO-SYS during the April 23 Edison Awards event at The Capitale in New York City.

The Edison Awards, celebrating 28 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that PRO-SYS® was voted a Silver Winner for innovation at the April 23 event at The Capitale in New York City.  Richard Cohen, toothbrush developer and a Benco Dental Managing Director, joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2015 Edison Award winners.

Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world.

“Our judges recognized PRO-SYS® as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards. The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed a full-day “Meet the Innovators Forum” and the “Innovators’ Showcase,” which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products. Cohen and Mandy Hull, Private Label Sr. Product Manager for Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, offered a glimpse of the PRO-SYS toothbrush offerings at the Showcase.

PRO-SYS leading the charge is nothing new. The flagship item in their brush line – PRO-SYS Tapered Toothbrush – presents a unique opportunity for consumers: One of the first in its category, PRO-SYS Tapered Toothbrush includes (from the inventor of the nylon bristle) DuPont® Tynex filaments arranged in a multi-level design. The design is intended to clean deeper in difficult-to-reach areas without sacrificing comfort; tapered bristles clean under the gum line.

The handle of the PRO-SYS toothbrush, three years in the making, was shown to substantially reduce debris accumulation and bacterial contamination after prolonged use.  In recent clinical findings by The Dental Advisor’s John A. Molinari, Ph.D. and Peri Nelson, B.S., the rubber-free handle on the adult and junior series toothbrushes in the PRO-SYS® oral care family remains 1,500 times cleaner than other brush handles after months of use.

Find out more about the PRO-SYS oral health care products, including two new toothbrush versions: one wider, one ultra-sensitive, that are set to debut this spring. Visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

For more information about the Edison Awards and a list of winners, visit


Put some muscle in it.

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

According to the, St. Louis Blues, forward Ryan Reaves was checked into the glass on Sunday by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

After the hard hit, Reaves went to the bench and calmly dug around in his mouth until he found the loose tooth. Next, he pulled it and passed it on to the trainer.

Hockey players are tough. Reaves returned to the ice and helped St. Louis win the game.

Read more about this player and another incident involving Red Wings left-wing Drew Miller here:

1 in 88


By Kelsi Matylewicz/Social Media Intern

This statistic refers to the number of children in the United States born with Autism.

“Autistic patients, as well as patients with similar behavioral and possibly intellectual challenges, present a unique challenge for dentists, as well as parents. Most dental procedures involve the use of bright lights, loud noises, and touching of a very sensitive part of the body,” according to Dr. Marielaina Perrone of Henderson, Nevada

“Hypersensitivity to one’s environment is usually a hallmark trait for most autistic patients. This makes dental care even more challenging, as they may react adversely to the sensory overload. Autistic patients do not like change in their daily schedules, new noises, new people, or new activities. In the past, these challenges would lead to most dentists turning away such patients, but in modern dentistry this is no longer the case.  There are many dentists who have training to help them with the special challenges that come with autism.”

A few of these dentists were  interviewed recently by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, including Dr. Angela Lutz, shown above, from York, Pennsylvania and Dr. Melissa Mullane-Padgett, from Boardman, Ohio.

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Dr. Perrone shared some common dental issues for autistic patients and techniques in a recent blog:

  • Poor dental hygiene.
  • Increased tooth decay.
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism.
  • Self-injury. Many autistic patients will bite or pick at their gums creating an issue dentally. A mouth guard might be recommended as long as the autistic patient can tolerate it.
  • Medication related issues. Many autistic patients suffer from seizures and therefore take medication for it. These medications can lead to decreased saliva production which can lead to dry mouth and subsequent bad breath and tooth decay.

Dr. Perrone offers helpful techniques, among others on her blog:

  • Set up a Pre-Appointment Tour and Introduction. Parents should talk to the dentist ahead of time to let him/her know a bit about the child, including what helps to soothe and what is an easy set off for behaviors. Let the patient come to the office to tour the facilities as well as let them see and touch everything that they are allowed to, this is to familiarize them with everything in the office and let them feel more comfortable when it comes time for their appointment
  • Keep Initial Visit as short as possible. Make the first visit quick and as noninvasive as possible.
  • Have Parents in Room if Needed. This one becomes a personal choice between parent or caregiver and dentist. Some patients do well with them in room and some do not. It is totally a case by case decision.


Men: news you can use


By Kelsi Matylewicz/Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Most people have heard that poor dental care is linked to heart disease, but have you heard another connection exists from oral care to erectile dysfunction?

According to reporter Danielle Austin, that is the case.

In the study, men with erectile dysfunction (ED) were 79 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with chronic periodontal disease (CPD) than those without ED.  CPD is an infection that occurs when the gums pull away from the teeth, creating deep pockets that harbor bacteria and allow the transfer to the bone surrounding the teeth.

Even if you brush your teeth regularly, most people make mistakes. Below are mistakes – and ways to fix each- in order to keep your whole body functioning properly.

Edmond R. Hewlett, D.D.S., a professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry, offers the following advice:

  • You don’t clean at the right time of day. 
    • Snacking before you sleep is never good and increases your risk of cavities.
    • Brushing your teeth should be the last thing you do before you go to bed and first thing you do in the morning.
    • Tip: Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes, making sure you spend 30 seconds on each quadrant (your upper left teeth, your upper right teeth, and so on).
  • You use the wrong brush.
    • Pick a soft bristle toothbrush that can slip under your gum tissue and dislodge any plaque stuck there.
  • You follow the wrong technique. 
    • Positioning of the toothbrush is key. Situate the handle of your brush so the bristles point at a 30- to 45-degree angle when they touch your gum tissue.
    • Rotate your wrist in a circular motion to effectively remove the plaque.
    • When you move behind your front teeth, you should turn your tool vertically to better reach the entire tooth. And make sure to give special attention to the back of your mouth, since that area normally hides the largest amount of plaque.
  • You don’t rinse.
    • After you have finished brushing, make sure to rinse in order to rid anything that has been loosened.
  • You ignore the rest of your mouth.
    • Don’t forget to clean your tongue, it’s important, too.
  • You don’t replace your brush. 
    • The  American Dental Association (ADA) recommends buying a new brush every 3 or 4 months.
    • If you’ve been sick, swap out your brush immediately

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Holy Helmet, Batman!

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If the condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall wellness, then the folks at Delta Dental of Iowa have geared up on the healthy choices.

Last week, the company Delta Dental of Iowa introduced a program that helps employees select healthier options while they are at work.

In order to kickstart the new program, “Bike at Work,” President Jeff Russell rode his green bike around the company’s headquarters. Delta Dental of Iowa purchased six green bicycles at its home office for employees to use during their breaks and lunchtime. These bikes were bought from the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, which also provides tire pumps, patch kits, and maintenance.

According to The Des Moines Register, Russell stated “Our employees are our most valuable asset, and providing them with ways to make healthy lifestyle choices, reduce stress, and enjoy our community is important to our mission.”

This company is taking the link between oral health and overall health to the next level.

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