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Inside Dental Technology’s Pam Johnson recently shared some web-based tools and apps to help small businesses compete with larger operations– without a major capital expenditure.

From DocuSign’s cloud-based service that securely automates and retains – you guessed it– signed documents, to Funding Gates’ ability to automatically sync daily with QuickBooks to track accounts receivables, Johnson discusses some intriguing high tech options.

And because you can use several of the offerings in your personal life, it’s a good excuse to spend some of your precious downtime investigating them.

Start with John’s column at: https://www.dentalaegis.com/idt/2015/05/Whats-Next

Love to indulge with ice cream on a hot summer day?

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By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Social Media Intern

Is tooth sensitivity holding you back from eating the things you enjoy?

Crest’s breakthrough Sensi-Stop™ Strips, deliver tooth sensitivity relief. But you might want know why the sensitivity occurs in the first place.

Dr. Michael Sinkin says one of his most common complaints by patients is: “Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?”

Although cold sensitivity does not mean that the patient has a serious dental problem, the pain brought on by something cold can be shocking and severe.

Dr. Michael Sinkin, a member of the Board of Directors of N.Y.U. College of Dentistry Alumni Association,

Dr. Michael Sinkin, a member of the Board of Directors of N.Y.U. College of Dentistry Alumni Association, offers eight reasons why teeth may be sensitive to the cold.

Dr. Sinkin offers eight reasons why teeth may be sensitive to the cold:

  1. Plaque Build-Up and Gum Inflammation. Periodontal disease can be a cause of cold sensitivity whether in its earliest stages as Gingivitis, or more advanced. Build-up of bacterial plaque is also an irritant, which can lower the threshold at which pain is perceived.
  2. Gum Recession.  When your gums are not firmly attached to a tooth,  they can actually pull away from the tooth, exposing the root surface. Unlike the normally exposed part of your tooth, the root does not have enamel protection and therefore is more reactive to temperature, especially cold. Note: Aggressive brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush or excessive pressure when using an electric toothbrush can cause gum recession.
  3. Grinding And Clenching. Together, these can be a potentially destructive pattern of behavior in which tremendous forces are placed on your teeth. As your tooth wears down, the sensitive dentin can be exposed, creating temperature sensitivity.
  4. Cavities. Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons that you may have a tooth that is sensitive to cold (sensitivity is one of the earliest sign of a cavity!)
  5. Broken Teeth or Lost Fillings. This heightened sensitivity is because part of your tooth’s structure is exposed.
  6. Acidic Food and Beverage. Highly acidic substances can cause your teeth’s structure to break down. Acidic drinks are  can dissolve tooth structure,  the same way acids from bacterial plaque cause cavities.
  7. Recent Dental Treatment. The placement of large restorations, fillings or crowns can also provoke sensitivity.
  8. Acute Pulpitis. Acute pulpitis is an inflammation of the dental nerve. The symptoms of this condition are more severe than just slight cold sensitivity and the pain lingers even after the stimulus is removed.

Cold sensitivity many worsen over time and if anyone experiences this, they should consult their dentist.

To read more from Dr. Sinkin’s causes and solutions read: http://www.michaelsinkindds.com/blog/teeth-sensitive-to-cold-heres-why/

While Dr. Sinkin tries to ensure that ice cream and chilly confections always offer a pleasant eating experience, Dr. Marielaina Perrone in Henderson, Nevada, shares one cold

Marielaina Perrone DDS, who earned her Dental degree at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine,

Marielaina Perrone DDS, who earned her Dental degree at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, explains why chewing ice cubes harms your dental health.

substances you should avoid chewing: ice.

In her blog: http://drperrone.com/blog/, Dr. Perrone explains why chewing ice cubes harms your dental health.

According to Dr. Perrone, chewing ice causes:

1. Increased Pressure on Your Teeth. Our teeth are made up of an outer layer called enamel. This layer is extremely hard and not very flexible. Chewing on an ice cube can wear down the enamel over time or chip and fracture your teeth.

2. Constant Hot and Cold Change. These sudden and extreme changes in temperature can cause micro cracks in your enamel. Also, your tooth’s enamel expands at a different rate than fillings.  If you have a composite (white) filling, it will expand and contract much faster than the tooth when exposed to hot and cold temperatures.  This could possibly lead to a breakdown of the seal between the tooth and the dental restoration and may shorten the life of the restoration possibly leading to tooth decayroot canal therapy, or even tooth loss.

3. Breakage of Orthodontic Braces. Chewing ice cubes might break off an orthodontic bracket or move a wire. This can set back your orthodontic treatment until the issue is resolved by your orthodontist. It can also lead to oral trauma.

4. Oral Tissue Trauma. Ice chunks are hard and some can be pretty sharp.

 

Day of Caring makes difference to 56 charitable organizations.

During the May 14 United Way Day of Caring breakfast program at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, more than 640 gathered to prepare for a day of volunteerism. At the breakfast, organizations were recognized for their support of the United Way’s 2013-2014 Community Campaign, Benco Dental among them.  The nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor was recognized for the  "Highest Corporate Gift" and as a Bronze Sponsor for the United Way Day of Caring. Shown, accepting the award from United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO  Bill Jones, are Michelle Kovaleski and Florence Marchesano, representing Benco Dental.

For more than 20 years, the United Way of Wyoming Valley has sponsored an annual Day of Caring. Annually, hundreds of representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers, roll up their sleeves, and set to work helping nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania with projects that their limited budgets can’t cover.

Since 2009, Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, has invited associates of the company to participate in Day of Caring during their workday. At the event’s 2015 opening breakfast, Thursday, May 14, members of the Benco Dental family joined nearly 640 volunteers at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, where Bill Jones, United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO, shared the organization’s goal of combating childhood poverty.

Before they headed out for a day of volunteerism, the battalion in blue (participants received blue T-shirts bearing the credo: “Building the Movement – Improving the Odds for Children and Families”) learned from Jones (shown above, left) that one third of all children in the Wyoming Valley – more than 11,500 – are living in poverty. The United Way’s yearlong efforts, including the Day of Caring, support agencies that assist those young members of the population and their families.

During the breakfast program, organizations were recognized for their support of the United Way’s 2013-2014 Community Campaign, Benco Dental among them.

“I was honored to represent Benco as a bronze sponsor of the Day of Caring, and to accept our award for the highest corporate gift.  When Bill and Jen (Sordoni – chairpersons of the 2014 campaign) announced that we had won the award and how much Benco donated, there was a rumbling of ooos and aahs that erupted,” said Michelle Kovaleski, Benco Dental Culture & People Assistant/Wellness Coordinator (shown above, center).  “I felt very proud to be a part of an organization that started right here in the Wyoming Valley and sees the value in giving back to that very community.”

 Benco Dental associates participated in the May 14 United Way Day of Caring. Representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers to help nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Benco Dental Associates are shown with Ruth’s Place with Director Kristen Topolski, at center, and Ruth’s Place volunteer coordinator Raquel Maldonado, at right. Ruth’s Place, a Volunteers of America program, provides safe, temporary and short-term emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, while honoring the dignity of each guest.  

Benco Dental associates participated in the May 14 United Way Day of Caring at Ruth’s Place, with Director Kristen Topolski, at center, and Ruth’s Place Volunteer Coordinator Raquel Maldonado, at right. Ruth’s Place, a Volunteers of America program, provides safe, temporary and short-term emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness, while honoring the dignity of each guest.

Immediately following the opening program, more than 850 volunteers from 56 organizations took part in the 23rd Annual United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring. Those volunteers fanned out to complete 52 community projects across the Greater Wyoming Valley. They provided their elbow grease and muscle to help 36 local agencies. An estimated 5,000 volunteer hours were dedicated during the Day of Caring, for an estimated donation value of $115,000 in services.

According to Benco Dental Talent Specialist Florence Marchesano (shown at top, right), 26 Benco Dental associates took part in the Day of Caring efforts. Their day included cleaning and painting at Volunteers in Medicine in Wilkes-Barre, which provides medical and dental care to low income families of Luzerne County who otherwise have no access to care, and cleaning, weeding and gardening at Ruth’s Place, a Volunteers of America program which provides safe, temporary and short-term emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, while honoring the dignity of each guest.

For details about the United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring or to support its efforts, visit: http://www.unitedwaywb.org/day-of-caring.html.

To learn more about Ruth’s Place, visit: ruthsplace.com and Volunteers in Medicine, visit: http://www.vimwb.com

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According to Benco Dental Talent Specialist Florence Marchesano, 26 Benco Dental associates, shown, took part in the Day of Caring efforts. Their day began at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and included cleaning and painting at Volunteers in Medicine in Wilkes-Barre, and cleaning, weeding and gardening at Ruth’s Place, a Volunteers of America program which provides temporary shelter for women experiencing homelessness.

 

Don’t try this at home.

When I was losing my first baby tooth, if my Dad had suggested tying thread to it and using a javelin to yank it from my mouth, I’m fairly certain I would have run for the hills.

Ellie Clay puts young me to shame.

Yesterday, her dad Bryan Clay, 35, a 2008 Summer Olympic decathlon champion used his skills (and her bravery) to successfully set free her loose incisor with the help of his soaring spear.

“What you use javelins for once you’re retired,” Clay tweeted on Tuesday, alongside the clip (shown above) on social media. In the video, his courageous little girl is told to “say goodbye to the tooth!”

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Is your Dental Office Delinquent or Dutiful?

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By Jill Obrochta & Heather Whitt/ Dental Enhancements

OSHA. This monotonous, tedious subject may not always be on the forefront of your mind but from now through June 1,2015, OSHA / GHS is something to pay close attention to. Global Harmonization System (GHS) is OSHA’s new big brother and he’s out to grab the world’s attention. Dental offices best be prepared as this International OSHA module has a second deadline that you must be mindful of and compliant within your dental facility.

Global Harmonization System (GHS), is a rather symphonic name for what more simply should be referred to as “international chemical safety.” GHS is a result of the World Summit Meetings that took place more than a decade ago. World leaders realized a need to standardize workplace chemical handling and safety procedures to lessen the growing number of chemical workplace accidents and injuries throughout the world. Congruent standards were established and efforts were made worldwide to implement these new chemical handling safety regulations. The United Nations, Europe and Canada all have gracefully implemented the new GHS standards. The USA thoughtlessly lags behind with implementation, but now under the jurisdiction of OSHA, USA must make up strides to prove compliance with GHS in three areas: Proof-of-Employee Training, Updated Paperwork and Facility Compliance.

While dental offices may not be primary users of dangerous or flammable chemicals, these rules apply to all USA businesses and dental offices are getting their share of fines. The first compliance deadline date for GHS—Hazard Communication System (HCS) was December 1, 2013. By that time employers were required to have all employees (full and part timers; clinical and non-clinical workers alike) trained on the new International GHS pictogram labeling system and the transformation of USA—MSDS to International SDS format. Not sounding familiar to you? Then read on, there is compliance information that needs to be indisputably in place in your dental office. And you are considered to be delinquent and non-compliant if you have not completed the GHS requirements within your dental office. Don’t mistakenly think that your Annual OSHA Employee Training will suffice to get you fully attuned to the new International GHS requirements. GHS is an entity all of its own. While the particular twists and turns of GHS can be mind-numbing and overwhelming, there is a way to get your team compliant in less than two hours, affordably, while satisfying all three requirements: Proof-of-Employee Training, Updated Paperwork & Facility Compliance. Read on.

Phase I– GHS Employer Mandates were required early in the USA transition process (due December 1, 2013) since workers would begin to see new symbols called pictograms (international chemical hazard rating symbols) and new standardized SDS (international safety data sheets) within their workplace. Employee training in GHS was mandated to ensure employees had the information they needed to better protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace during the transition period. Pictogram diagrams should have already been posted within your office and you must have written protocols in place explaining how you approach the conversion of USA MSDS to International SDS. Cloud, digital or paper storage of the new International SDS are allowed with two of the three aforementioned being mandatory. You must have a working copy and a back-up copy of the new SDS and one version must be accessible to employees 24/7.

Phase II– GHS Manufacturer Mandates puts obligation on USA manufacturers & importers to update and make available: Pictograms on all professional product and chemical labels and also to publish new SDS. So how does Phase II GHS effect the dental office? Accountability, preparedness and certified comprehension are what OSHA inspectors are looking for and they will be stepping up their game! Many states will initiate rotating mandatory cyclical OSHA inspections and others are applying additional State mandates plus fines that help support International GHS implementation. The bottom line holds the dental practice owner and all employees accountable in areas of: Proof-of-training in GHS, updated / upgraded paperwork required for GHS (new OSHA manual written to GHS Standard and paper copies of SDS) and functioning office protocols (pictogram diagram posted, cloud, digital SDS libraries functioning).

Phase III—GHS Manufacturer & Employer Mandates This final phase will occur in June of 2016. It will hold both manufacturers and employers accountable in an even stronger degree. Non-compliance will bring bigger, bolder fines and OSHA Inspectors are expected to bear down with exuberance. Follow-up to the Earth Summit Meetings and accountability from all countries involved will be the next phase. USA will have to produce compliance statistics so logically, more citations and fines will be the fore runner to our accountability.

This story is not so grim. It’s a process that will be monitored and enforced more rigorously as each phase occurs. If your dental office has not yet become familiar with or certified in GHS, why not take the easy-fast track toward success. Choose GHS Solutions that offer all requirements: Training/Certification, Required Paperwork & Facility Protocols.   Having access to a GHS Expert for guidance and ongoing support will ensure your success if the GHS program takes on additional nuances as time goes on. The Dental Advisor rated one GHS kit their favorite in 2014: The OSHA made EASY®–GHS COMPLETE COMPLIANCE PKG provides all three GHS required components, plus guided help from an OSHA/GHS expert to implement the protocols within your office. This package differs from others in that it is in ready-to-use format, not a kit that will take additional hours to design. The 24/7 access to GHS support makes it even more valuable when implementing. The American Dental Association and dental suppliers may offer GHS solutions as well.

If you still need to implement GHS Standards within your office, make sure to execute a comprehensive program. Keep in mind that OSHA Inspectors will get more demanding in this area of International Hazard Communication Compliance. Now that you are educated, be dutiful, get GHS in place within your dental office and get back to what you do best. Dentistry!

Dental Enhancements offers a free GHS Survival Guide & Personalized Phone Assessment. Click here to receive your FREE GHS OSHA & HIPAA Inspection Survival Guides. These tools will demystify OSHA/GHS & HIPAA Compliance.  They will inform and enlighten you on how to create comprehensive programs for your dental office. Ones that will impress the most meticulous OSHA or HIPAA Inspectors.

For a complimentary GHS consultation, call: 941-587-2864