What’s in your backpack?

Thinking spring? The Lucy Hobbs Project and Cradles to Crayons have fall on the brain.

More than 230 attendees gathering in Philadelphia to celebrate five years of exemplary women in dentistry arrived with backpacks and school supplies in tow April 27.

At its upcoming annual celebration, Thursday and Friday in Philadelphia, the organization invited attendees to donate back-to-school supplies for Cradles to Crayons in lieu of an attendance fee.

Cradles to Crayons serves as a resource for communities in need and a hub of civic engagement in Greater Philadelphia. The nonprofit organization provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

During their upcoming August Backpack-A-Thon™ event to prepare children for the new school year, they will distribute 30,000 backpacks. Inside each backpack, they aim to include one Back-to-School card featuring words of encouragement.

The Lucy Hobbs Project members were happy to turn their creativity toward that purpose as well.

Want to learn more? Contact Christina Weinhardt at cweinhardt@cradlestocrayons.org or visit: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia/news-philadelphia/


Rachel Mele, representing Vennli and Lola Lawal, from the University of Detroit Mercy offer a healthy helping of encouragement in the form of a Back-to-School card, according to Cradles to Crayons on Thursday evening at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The Lucy Hobbs Project partners with Cradles to Crayons as part of its giving back initiative.



Double bubble = double the impact.

Benco Dental Managing Directors Rick and Chuck Cohen (shown), join the team at the nation’s largest privately owned dental distribution company in their support of the Second Annual Bubble Gum Challenge.

During the Lucy Hobbs Project 5th annual celebration of women in dentistry, hosted by Benco Dental April 27 and 28 at Loew’s, Philadelphia, more than 250 attendees will be invited to participate in the Bubble Gum Challenge to improve the lives of oral cancer patients and their families

Screenshot 2017-03-31 18.30.37Through April 30, the general public and the dental community can join in with a simple bubble or a donation.

The 2017 Bubble Gum Challenge @oralcancerblows features individuals, including members of the dental community, utilizing social media to post pictures and videos of themselves blowing bubbles for those who cannot.

Created by Oral Cancer Cause, Inc. (OCC), a non-profit organization that is celebrating its fifth year of improving the lives of oral cancer patients and their families, the Challenge is a whimsical way to draw attention to a devastating disease with a 50 percent mortality rate. OCC hopes that the Challenge will highlight the impacts of oral cancer and the fact that many survivors lose various functionalities, including the ability to chew gum or blow a bubble.

Sponsors of the Second Annual Bubble Gum Challenge, including Benco Dental, Care Credit and Revenue Well, aim to increase public awareness of oral cancer and help cancer patients through financial support.

Want to help?

#bubblechallenge17 #oralcancerblows  #oralcancercause

Learn more about the cause: https://thedailyfloss.com/2017/03/09/think-oralcancerblows-then-youre-ready-for-the-bubble-gum-challenge/


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Up for a challenge? Benco Dental CFO Karen Kuklewicz, and VP of Information Tecnology Terry Barrett hone their skills for the April Bubble Gum Challenge to benefit Oral Cancer Cause, Inc. Get your dental team involved and find out how to donate: https://thedailyfloss.com/2017/03/09/think-oralcancerblows-then-youre-ready-for-the-bubble-gum-challenge/



Three cheers for dental innovation!

Shining a spotlight on innovations and the teams behind them, The Edison Awards™, celebrating 30 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced the 2017 Edison Award Winners on Thursday, April 20.

With more than 500 senior executives and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a Gala dinner held at the Capitale in New York City. Nations represented at the event include Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Malaysia, Nairobi, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.

Among the honorees: ECO Balance by GLO Science™, Inc.Throat Scope® by Holland Healthcare Inc. and 3M™ Mobile True Definition Scanner by 3M.

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

The Edison Awards honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. These Gold, Silver and Bronze Winners were chosen as the “best of the best” by the world’s top senior business executives, academics, and innovation professionals.

Learn more about dentistry’s innovations:
In the HEALTH AND WELLNESS division, and PERSONAL CARE category:


ECO Balance by GLO Science™, Inc.

ECO Balance (ECO) is a clinically tested, unique formula that promotes gum health and Screenshot 2017-04-25 15.15.34.pngfresh breath by oxygenating disease-causing bacteria and raising oral pH. By altering the oral ecosystem, ECO acts to kill bacteria, fight inflammation and freshen breath, while simultaneously whitening teeth.

In the HEALTH AND WELLNESS division, and PATIENT CARE category:

Silver Award:

Throat Scope® by Holland Healthcare Inc.

The unpleasant experience of restraining a toddler whilst a doctor used a wooden tongue depressor and flash light to pry open the toddler’s mouth, gave inventor Jennifer Holland (shown at top, center) her light bulb moment. Throat Scope® provides medical professionals with one free hand, a light source located inside the mouth for a fast, accurate and pleasant oral examination experience.

In the MEDICAL/DENTAL division, and DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS category,

    3M™ Mobile True Definition Scanner by 3M
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“The 2017 Edison Award winners illustrate that innovation never sleeps, and in our 30th year we should be inspired at the level of technology and advancements represented from around the globe.  This year’s winners have designed a superior way to shape the way consumers will live, work and play in the future,” 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.

One of the evening’s many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman, and CEO of GE and Dr. Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, Alphabet’s innovation lab. Mr. Immelt has been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, while Dr. Teller has successfully created and grown five companies and holds numerous U.S. patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. The award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. The Edison Achievement Award serves as an inspiration to future innovators and the world at large.

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 including ModoBag, Lucid VR, and Yirego among others.

View the 2017 winning companies, products and services at  http://www.edisonawards.com/winners2017.php

Read interviews with the three winners from the dental world in the Spring issue of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cdda97aa#/cdda97aa/48

Is your guard down? Don’t wait to protect yourself and your patients.

Aside from your own dental knowledge, your patients’ personal data might be the most valuable commodity in your practice. And it has never been more at risk from criminals who’d like nothing better than to bust through your (often meager) security measures and make off  with all that  information.

In the Spring edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, journalist Jennifer Alsever offers a look at the dangers — and how to harden your defenses.

Vacationing in France in 2015, Cathrine Steinborn read a news article about a local dental office that had been burglarized: Thieves broke in and stole the practice’s computer server, which was loaded with patient data. Steinborn’s ears pricked up – she, too, was a DDS, having run a practice in Santa Clara, California, for three decades, and she wasn’t about to let that happen to her. Once she returned from France, she vowed, she’d address any outstanding security concerns for her own office before it was too late. It was too late.

The day before she got back to California, burglars broke into her practice through its basement door, making off with her server. She lost troves of her patients’ most personal data: birthdates. Addresses. Health information. Social Security numbers. It was seemingly a carbon copy of the incident in France. Says Dr. Steinborn: ‘It was horrible.’

Dr. Steinborn’s breach cost her thousands of dollars in legal expenses; she spent a year and a half dealing with public relations, insurance, forensics and police. Although she was able to recover her paperless records because of remote server backup, she had to report the incident to federal authorities and alert patients that their information had been stolen. You can imagine how your own patients might react to this news.  “Some were really mad,” Dr. Steinborn says. Her case still hasn’t been closed by the government.

Think it can’t happen to you?

According to Alsever, although physical server theft might seem a high-risk, low-reward way to procure such information, it’s not an uncommon tactic, when:

  •  a staff IT specialist leaves a laptop unattended in a car parked outside a practice.
  •  a rogue member of a dentist’s team downloads the precious data to a flash drive.

“‘It’s becoming more and more of an issue,” says Kenny Schwing, CEO of Liptak Dental Services, the dental IT firm behind DDS Rescue, a cloud-based data-security and restoration service available through BencoNET.

Screenshot 2017-04-24 11.57.16(Services like Schwing’s can often de-encrypt a corrupted server to restore the data. ‘Another ransomware attack today!’ DDS Rescue posted to Facebook after one recent service call (shown, left) . ‘We were able to … work with an IT specialist to clean the server. No ransom was paid.’)

Read the full story and protect yourself with a three-step checklist of initial steps to firm up your cyberdefenses: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cdda97aa#/cdda97aa/68



Friday To Do list: #1. Schedule afternoon with an inspirational mentor.


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Robyn Benincasa

On a regular basis, Robyn Benincasa inspires people to live beyond expectations. In some instances, this leads to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or creating an adventure racing team, in others, starting an independent business.

Next Friday, April 28, Benincasa, a CNN Hero, three-time Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and Founder of Project Athena Foundation (Survivors to Athletes!) will share her energy as keynote speaker at a reunion of 31 pioneers of their profession and a celebration for several hundred women in dentistry.

Benco Dental will host The Lucy Hobbs Project 5th Annual Celebration on April 27 and 28, 2017 at Loews Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During the gathering, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession.

Register by today’s deadline at: http://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2017

“I find it really inspiring. Everyone in the room [at events where I speak] is lucky enough to have been born at a time when there is, in essence, equal opportunity if you have the drive and the desire, and work hard. But the endurance it took [for Lucy Hobbs] to bust the system, to be that breakthrough–she saw what she wanted to do and wasn’t willing to accept anything else. That’s a great example for all of us,” said Benincasa, referencing the Project’s namesake and the first woman to earn a degree in dentistry.

“We should honor these people who, against all odds, said ‘I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna break this barrier.’ It is neat to be in a business environment where it doesn’t matter what your gender is; it matters what your skills are and what your drive is.”

The Lucy Hobbs Project, sponsored by Benco Dental, annually hosts a celebration honoring exemplary women in the dental community. This year’s event, sponsored by Crest + Oral-B, KaVo Kerr Group, Ivoclar Vivadent, 3M, Hu-Friedy, GLO Science, Sunstar, Medicom, Centrix, Dental EZ and Cain Watters and Associates, will also include a Panel Discussion featuring one CE credit. Attendees will gain insight from six perspectives during Emerging Leaders in Dentistry: The Female Influence. Panel Moderator Linda Miles, CSP, CMC of Ultimate Team Mastery will lead the discussion, fueled by Sarah Anders, Chief Operating Officer, Ivoclar-Vivadent®, Maxine Feinberg, DDS, Melanie Martel, DMD Candidate with Clinical Honors, Kady Rawal, BDS, CAGS, and Katti Simpson, RDH.

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Benincasa offers insight on women in business and the leadership styles:  “Women at the top levels of any industry aren’t trying to be men. They’re trying to use their core strengths and talents and competencies to succeed,” she said.

“The road might be different, but the finish line is the same. Be the leader that your team needs in the moment. Women tend to move toward the affiliative leadership style–lead by friendship, lead by coaching. It’s more effective than people who run a pacesetting or coercive style. A lot of leaders fall into those traps.”

Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs, who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, awards are presented to honorees who embody the project goals. Diverse yet similar, six professionals who redefine their field and reinvigorate all those in their orbit will earn accolades at the celebration, including:  Patricia L. Blanton, DDS, MS, PhD, Winifred J. Booker, DDS, Margaret Fickess, RDA, CDA, MEd, Emily Ishkanian, DMD, Irene Marron-Tarrazzi, DMD, MS, and Andrea Joy Smith, DDS.

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The Lucy Hobbs Project, with a network of more than 9,000 members, empowers women in dentistry to drive change and deliver success through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Hobbs, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental industry – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, it offers networking opportunities, educational programs and charitable events.

Each year The Lucy Hobbs Project collaborates with a national partner to give back, and for 2017, will help Cradles to Crayons, which provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive. At the 5th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration, Cradles to Crayons will collect back-to-school supplies to be donated to over 30,000 students this summer. In lieu of a fee for the celebration, attendees are asked to donate items, such as new backpacks, new school supplies, notebooks or composition books and construction paper, crayons (24-pack), colored pencils (12-pack), pencils and pencil cases, pencil sharpeners and erasers, blue or black pens, pocket folders, glue sticks, rulers and scissors.

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To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.thelucyhobbsproject.com

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.”

Within the past 86 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network of more than 65 regional locations, five distribution centers, and three design showrooms.  Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

Benco, which has been named one of the top 30 Great Places to Work® in Health Care for the past two consecutive years, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.