A BREATH OF FRESH (AND CLEAN!) AIR

 

Vaniman, a United States manufacturer with over 30 years of air filtration experience, has designed a brand-new line of air purifiers built around the needs of dentists and patients. The Pure Breeze HEPA system features fast, 99% removal efficiency of particles and dangerous aerosols including viruses, chemical odors, and more. It’s available in portable and fume hood versions depending on your individual needs.

 

The Pure Breeze HEPA Air Purifier portable scrubs the air of dust, chemicals, and biological hazards. This laboratory grade HEPA air cleaner is extremely quiet and ideal for many different air filtration applications. It uses a four-stage filtration system for maximum effectiveness. This unit is half the price and size of comparable industrial air purifiers, and is made is USA.

 

This quiet system filters clean air from the top vent forcing airborne contaminants down to the lower vent and does so with three different exchange rate speeds. The mobile system minimizes downtime between patients and maximizes the protection of patients and staff.

 

Watch it in action here, and contact your Friendly Benco Rep for a personalized consultation or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

 

MAKING LIVES BETTER

Each year, the Edison Awards honor the top innovations upending the status quo and transforming the way people live and work. Selected through a thorough review process conducted by experts in the fields of science, technology, design, engineering and marketing, the 2020 Edison Awards Winners in the Dental/Medical category are the latest crop of new and noteworthy advances you’ll be seeing—and adopting—soon. Among the winners are:

 

  • Easy Denture, arguably the most accessible denture option in the world, earned the company a Dental Innovations gold award. According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, approximately 40 million people are edentulous – without teeth. Easy Denture resolved to create a solution that’s a simple as boiling water. Simply Dip Easy Denture in boiling water for 60 seconds. Cool for the same amount of time. Align in the mouth and create a seal for 90 seconds. Place denture in cold water to set for 30 seconds. That’s all there is to it. One visit and done.

 

  • With a bronze medal in the Dental Innovations category, Richmond Soft BiteBlock by Richmond Dental & Medical is a groundbreaking tool to protect patients under general anesthesia. It helps protect the airway device (Endotracheal Tube or Laryngeal Mask Airway), teeth, and tongue during emergence. The Soft BiteBlock‘s dense cylindrical shape allows for consistent compression performance when placed between a patient’s molars with the tongue positioned medially.

 

  • ORISE Gel Submucosal Lifting Agent, a pseudoplastic/non-Newtonian viscous gel used for the creation of submucosal cushions beneath polyps, adenomas, or early-stage cancers by Boston Scientific earned a silver award in the Advanced Surgical Instruments category.

 

  • A Silver award honoree in the Sterilization Solutions category, SciCan’s StatClave G4 vacuum sterilizer contains both pre- and post-sterilization vacuums. With the reliability and trust you’ve come to expect from STATIM, the STATCLAVE G4 is designed to deliver speed, capacity and efficiency to your practice. STATCLAVE improves steam penetration and post-sterilization vacuum to improve drying. Its 11” chamber and vacuum-assisted closed-door drying efficiently delivers sterilized and dried wrapped instruments.

 

Established in 1987, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

Intimidating dental artifact alert: Taylor Band Stretcher

When the Taylor Band Stretcher, shown at top, first appeared, it was mentioned by name in a paper by Dr. Herbert A. Pullen, who traveled all the way from Buffalo to San Francisco to present it on February 18, 1932. Other things that happened in 1932: Ford debuted the V8 engine and Radio City Music Hall opened in New York. Those are still around, but they’ve come a long way—just like the crowns and pliers of today.

Learn more about this dental artifact from Larry Cohen in his FOLIO Award-winning column in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: here.

How will the stimulus bill impact your dental office?

For dentists wondering how the Federal stimulus bill will impact their office, or searching for best practices to stabilize and strengthen a dental team in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, a webinar on Tuesday, March 31 will provide answers and options.

“The Practice Interruption” hosted at 5:30 p.m. ET will offer expert advice from Dan Wicker, CPA, Cain Watters and Associates partner and managing director, and Dr. Todd Engel, owner and founder of Engel Institute. They’ve teamed with Benco Dental to present this free webinar to assist dentists today, tomorrow and when the practice doors open again.

Register here.

What are the March 31 webinar objectives for dentists?

The Coronavirus pandemic has sparked a frenzied selling of stocks and mandatory lockdowns all over the country. Businesses of all sizes have been disrupted by the virus, as a result of local and national reactions. For dental practice owners, having to close their doors for business quickly carries implications on their personal finances.

Tuesday’s webinar, sponsored by Benco Dental, Cain Watters and Associates and the Engel Institute, addresses those topics and more. Register here.

From Dan Wicker: “Overview of the New Legislation and the Impact On Your Practice”:
* How will the stimulus bill impact my office?
* What do practices need to know?

From Dr. Todd Engel: “Best Practices to Stabilize & Strengthen Your Team, Your Patients and Your Practice”.

Ready to register?

To register: click here.

Have COVID-19 questions? ADA offers extensive resources, webinars for dentists

The American Dental Association is committed to helping the dental community navigate the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. Their most up-to-date information regarding can be found at ADA.org/virus.

On March 20, 2020, the ADA teamed with leading infection control experts from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education.

The first step: providing extensive resources and webinars. View an entire page of their recorded webinars here

An example of one of the videos: 

Dental professionals are invited to frequently check this page for additional webinars.

On which other topics does the ADA share COVID-19 updates, webinars?

  • Current Infection Control Protocols and Procedures
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Sanitizing Operatory Rooms and Equipment
  • Aerosol
  • Pre-Treatment Mouth Rinses and Daily Hygiene
  • Protecting Patients and Dental Staff

And the presenters are…

Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP

Eve Cuny, MS, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Professor at University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California where she is also Assistant Dean for Global Relations. 

Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute. 

Ready for webinars and updates?

Click here.

7 months + 2 dentists with determination = 'Wow' factor in Minnesota.

Sometimes, the best motivation can be proving to yourself and others that you can accomplish a lofty goal.

For Dr. Krista Bauer, Dr. Kelly Stark, and Dr. Dietrich Lawrenz at Champlin Family Dental, this was one of many factors that inspired them to see their new construction in Minnesota through to the last stroke of calming green paint.

“We were motivated to go through with this build because people in our lives told us we couldn’t.”

Dr. Krista Bauer

A top priority in the planning: space, space, and more space. The result of their vision: 7,000 square feet of excellence and multi-discipline for their patients, administrative and clinical teams, as well as room for storage and practice growth. The new construction, completed in seven months, allowed them to accomodate a new neighbor — an orthodontist tenant.

How it all began…

In 2017, Drs. Bauer and Stark, former dental-school students at the University of Minnesota, decided to join forces and create a shared practice. A Benco Build Your Future Workshop, conducted by dentist/designer Dr. Tristan Hamilton, helped the duo’s ideas coalesce.

“Eric Meiners brought us to the seminar and it was perfect for us,” said Dr. Stark of their Friendly Benco Rep.

“Our major vision was to have universal rooms set up with high-speed handpieces, Cavitrons, X-ray units, everything,” Dr. Bauer told Incisal Edge magazine in an interview earlier this year.
“The women speaking at the workshop told us that our rooms needed to be universal, and they solidified what we wanted but couldn’t execute.”

(Starting a Pinterest board of their ideas from the workshop gave them a central repository for design inspiration as well.)

They sought a refined, calming atmosphere that delivered “wow” factor but not in an “over the top” way.

Green: a color of calm.

To match their logo and achieve a calming vibe, the decided on neutral palette with green accents throughout the practice.

One of her favorite moments Dr. Stark recalls, was seeing the Champlin Dental team’s reaction to the finished office after the completion of the seven-month process.

“Once the office was finished, we let them in one by one and took pictures of them seeing it for the first time.”

Dr. Kelly Stark

Their reception area, chandelier, color scheme and space (12 rooms!) receive the most positive commentary from their patients and staff, says Dr. Stark.

The doctors offer advice on the construction or renovation of a dental practice:

“Find the right team — from architect, to contractor, to banker, and real estate agent. Trust your team!”

Dr. Krista Bauer

To learn more about the Champlin Family Dental, click here.

Ready to redefine your design?

For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.

Champlin Family Dental Design Credits
Interior Designer: Bob Karkela, Architect: Bob Shaffer / Foundation Architects, Equipment Specialist: Tom Jorissen / Benco Dental, Friendly Benco Rep: Eric Meiners

Dr. Krista Bauer, Dr. Dietrich R. Lawrenz, Dr. Kelly Stark

About the Doctors

Dr. Krista Bauer, earned a B.A. in Biomedical Science and DDS from University of Minnesota. Named to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Top Dentist Hall of Fame, Dr. Bauer practices general and cosmetic dentistry, including implants, veneers, and new smile designs. She and her three children reside in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Dr. Kelly Stark, earned a B.A. in Chemistry and German from St. Olaf College and dental degree from University of Minnesota. Dr. Stark enjoys many facets of the dental field, including restorative, crowns, implants, and esthetic dentistry. She is married to a fellow dentist, and together they raise their 9-year-old twin sons in Edina, Minnesota.

Dr. Dietrich R. Lawrenz received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota and went on to complete his medical degree and oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lawrenz has been in private practice since 1998 and involved in the Cleft Lip and Palate teams at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Corinne are raising their three boys together in the Twin Cities.

Coping During Crisis? Join a free March 25 webinar from Dental Intelligence & Benco Dental

The Coronavirus pandemic has dealt all employers with never-before-heard-of challenges. Understandably, there are many questions and concerns, and a complimentary CE webinar Wednesday answers many of them. For starters:
* What’s the interplay between vacation time, sick leave, PTO and unemployment benefits?
* How does the new/pending legislation affect dentists?
* What should be on the checklist to shut down the office for an extended period?
* What is telehealth and how does it work?
* How should my practice shift marketing focus over the next six months?
* What is the best way to host a virtual team meeting?

On March 25, five experts in the dental and business professions — Tim Twigg, Laurie Owens, Fred Joyal, and Benco’s own Linda Anderson and Bob Zamrock — will share solutions when Benco Practice Coaching and Dental Intelligence join forces to host the complimentary CE webinar.

From 1 to 5 p.m. EST., event hosts Kay Huff and Curtis Marshall will welcome opening guest Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director. Four Continuing Education credits will be issued to anyone who participates in all four hours of the live session.*

What can dental professionals expect to gain during Wednesday’s free webinar?

Insight on a wide array of topics, including:

  • Human Resources,
  • Legislation,
  • Leadership During Crisis,
  • Telehealth,
  • Situational Marketing, and
  • How to properly shut down your office for an extended period of time.

Don’t wait to register.

Here is a link to sign up today for Wednesday’s free webinar.

* Note: This webinar will be recorded and shared afterward.  However, only those who attend the live webinar will receive Continuing Education credits.

Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air Handpiece: A powerful solution from Dentsply Sirona

The ultimate integration of design, performance, and integrity.
Dentsply Sirona Midwest presents all that and more with a new product in its line: the Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air Handpiece.

As a leader in both handpiece and bur manufacturing, Dentsply Sirona Midwest designed this non-fiber optic option with dynamic speed control.

A powerful value proposition.

Though it weighs in at under 50 grams overall, the Midwest Quiet-Air® is no lightweight when it comes to power. It achieves 30 watts, making it the most powerful value solution currently offered in the market.

Reduction of noise and easier bur changes (thanks to a 10 mm push button cap for chuck activation!) are just two of the many ways this innovative handpiece demonstrates its value.

Key features and benefits of the Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air handpiece:

  • Computer balanced rotor and tuned airflow.
  • A smooth grip, designed for easy cleaning.
  • Ceramic bearings that reduce friction and enhance bearing performance.
  • Dynamic speed control that manages air flow to maintain cutting power.
  • Single-port water spray for powerful debris clearing and tooth cooling.

The Quiet-Air has a 6-month warranty and is eligible for the national Midwest handpiece promotions: Buy 3, Get 1 Free.

To learn more about the Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air Handpiece, contact your Friendly Benco Dental rep or shop here.

Cain Watters offers toolbox for dentists managing cash flow, staffing during COVID-19

By Cain Watters & Associates, Registered Investment Advisor // Guest Column

As the country continues to address the implications of COVID-19, we know many of you are uneasy about the coming weeks and months for both your family and businesses. 

Elective closures continue and it is undetermined whether mandated closures will be enacted.  For example, Ohio is requiring rescheduling or postponing elective procedures and Virginia is recommending practices close for two weeks, while some areas are currently seeing limited to no disruption. 

With the landscape changing in varying degrees by geographic region, we wanted to offer our recommendations around cash flow and staffing, as well as additional resources available to the CWA community.

Based on your personal situation, access to cash flow and level of risk tolerance—the ideas offered below are simply suggestions to keep in your toolbox over the coming weeks and months, should you need them.

MANAGING CASH FLOW

Managing cash flow will be essential to get your practices through this time.  Here are some ideas to maintain or increase your cash flow should you need it:

  • Discontinue payroll for the doctor, spouse and any children.  Instead, take only required draws (shareholder distributions) from the business for cash at home.  This will minimize payroll taxes, federal taxes and 401(k) deferrals through this volatile time.  These can all be made up in the future when cash flow resumes.
  • Reevaluate dental and office supply purchases, and consider stopping purchases with exception for those products that will get you through the coming weeks.
  • Call your bank and request interest-only payments on your practice and/or building loans for a period of 1-3 months. Additionally, if you are making excess payments (above the minimum required payments) on any personal or business loan, adjust this until normal cash flow
  • If needed and available, access available lines of credit on the business or personal residence.  If you do not have a line of credit, contact your bank to see if an emergency line of credit could be available.
  • Contact your credit card companies.  Because of your history with these companies, you can request to skip a payment with no penalties or interest.  Additionally, many of your cards may have low interest cash advance options that could be used if needed.
  • Pause any automatic funding to Defined Benefit and 401(k) plans.
    • If your plan is at T Bank, we are working with the trust department to streamline this process.
    • If your account is at TD Ameritrade, you can call 800-431-3500 to stop or decrease automatic contributions.
  • Consider taking withdrawals from personal investment accounts (non tax-advantaged).  If your personal account is at T Bank, liquidations occur on Friday and T Bank does need notice.  As such, do not delay if you want to take a distribution soon.
  • Consider loan options on your 401(k). Loan provisions may allow you to take up to $50,000 for both the doctor and the spouse.  Note:  If your plan does not allow for loan provisions, this can take some time to get done.  CWA is currently working with Peeples and Kohler and The Nolan Company to see how we can speed up this process.
  • Minimize personal expenses. Now may be a good time to sit down with the whole family and discuss how you can minimize spending in the coming weeks.

STAFFING & THE RELIEF PACKAGE BILL

While staff costs are the largest single expense in your business, it is also the hardest to reduce, especially during hard times.  We all care for our staff, but also must manage the business.  The Relief Package Bill 363-40, passed by the House on March 14, is supported by the President and is expected to pass the Senate. 

There are four main areas affecting employers:

  • Emergency paid sick days: The bill would give workers 14 days of paid sick leave available immediately. It ensures sick leave to those impacted by quarantine orders, or those who must stay home to care for their children. The bill reimburses small businesses through a payroll tax credit (those with 500 or fewer employees) for the cost of the 14 additional days of leave.
  • Emergency paid leave: The bill would create a new federal emergency paid leave program for those unable to work because they have COVID-19, are quarantined, are caring for someone with the disease, or are caring for a child due to coronavirus-related school closings. Eligible workers would receive benefits for a month (the program goes up to three months), and the benefit amount would be two-thirds of the individual’s average monthly earnings. Those receiving pay or unemployment compensation directly through their employers aren’t eligible.
  • Small Business Exemption:  Under the current bill, there is an exemption for the above requirements for businesses under 50 employees.
  • Expanded unemployment insurance: The bill would direct $2 billion to state unemployment insurance programs and waive measures like work search requirements or waiting weeks to those either diagnosed with COVID-19, or those who have lost their jobs due to the spread of the virus.

Should the Senate vote to approve, we will know more.  As we get concrete info on the bill, we will communicate further as to how this affects your business and more recommendations on how to move forward.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

We are lucky to work with fantastic vendors that are also here to help.  Here are a few available resources you should find helpful:

WEBINAR: Coronavirus & the Dental Professional: A Critical Update

March 19, 7:30 CST. Sponsored by Seattle Study Club. While general healthcare guidelines are available, Dr. Leslie Fang has modified these guidelines specifically for the dental profession. Don’t miss this live webinar, which will not be recorded.

WEBINAR: Coronavirus Guidance and Updates for Employers

On-demand, available now.  CEDR‘s experts in employee law answer some of the most common questions, from people coming back from travel, sending a sick person home, employees who want to stay home, to getting sick notes from doctors.

FACEBOOK GROUP: Join the CEDR HR Basecamp Facebook group for ongoing information, updates and to ask the experts questions. Only for dentists and medical, it is a free private group which you will need to apply to.

We hope this information is helpful to you should you need it.  We will continue to communicate our thoughts, recommendations and resources as they become available.  Please visit our COVID-19 Resources Page for transcripts of prior communications and additional resources as they come available.

If you have specific questions, please reach out directly to your planning team.

You don’t have to navigate this alone, our advisors are here to help. REACH OUT

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Spring refresh at your dental practice? Fill your vision board with these #designtrends.

Art Deco, Scandinavian, Bohemian, and Mid-Century Modern — styles ideal for home … or home away from home (better known as your dental practice).

The bonus: each can help bring vibrance and showcase the personality of your practice.

Do bold colors, smooth lines, and geometric shapes inspire you? Check out Art Deco design styles.

Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, can be characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent details. A trend popularized during the roaring 1920s can incorporate glitz, glamour, and bold designs into your dental practice a century later.

Art Deco interior design

Add Art Deco into the dental practice today, with an accent piece, or an entire room. Where to begin?

  • Geometric shapes.
  • Animal prints.
  • Glamorous lighting and fixtures.
  • Statement mirrors.
  • Abstract ceiling designs.

Luxury styles of the Great Gatsby era are some of the most popular trends today.

Prefer simplicity? Scandinavian designs deliver.

First gaining attention around the 1950s, the Scandinavian interior design style is known for its functionality, minimalism and simplicity. Expect clean cuts, natural shapes and materials, along with a touch of abstraction.

Scandinavian interior design.

Want to incorporate aspects of Scandinavian design within your practice? It’s simple.

  • Warm textiles.
  • Combinations of natural materials ( think: wood and metal).
  • Neutral colors.
  • Fresh plants and flowers.

Scandinavian style advantage for the dental practice: a clutter free workspace. For a minimalist looking to scale back, Scandinavian the ideal match.

Ready to relax your spirit and practice vibe? Bohemian design speaks your language.

“The word ‘bohemian’ refers to someone socially unconventional and often involved in the arts, making it a great interior design option for a rich and heady space full of visual interest and a relaxed spirit.”

Decoraid.com

‘Boho’ was founded by free-spirited people in the early 19th century and incorporated many cultures from all over the globe.

Bohemian interior design

Bring on the Bohemian style.

  • Simple base.
  • A play on patterns.
  • Distressed items.
  • Bright colors and metallics.
  • Layers.

Less is more definitely does not apply to Bohemian design. Looking to make a bright and exuberant practice? Bet on Boho.

Seeking functional and timeless appeal? Incorporate Mid-century Modern design styles at your practice.

In the late 1940s, after the end of WWII, mid-century modern design style evolved. Today it delights with its vintage vibe.

Mid-century modern designs use natural elements like wood beams and brick walls, then tie in a modern twist.

Mid-century modern interior design

Ready for retro? Lava lamps need not apply.

  • Vibrant colors (think: sage, orange, turquoise).
  • Modern textiles.
  • Vintage window treatments.
  • Low-lying furniture.
  • Abstract patterns.

Mid-century modern styles appeal with simple, clean and elegant aspects, and unique accents.

Ready to redefine your design? For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.