New practice, new technology, just around the Corner.

Caption: Above, Dr. Nathan Holt (with his wife and two children). Dr. Holt just opened his second practice, Corner Canyon Dentistry, in Draper, Utah.

By Chuck Cohen/ Managing Director, Benco Dental

Last week, I had the opportunity to have lunch with Dr. Nathan Holt, a young dentist who just opened his second Utah practice. Dr. Holt, a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, is enthusiastic about his new practice, Corner Canyon Dentistry, and the role that he and his team play in the lives of their patients. He’s made a considerable investment in technology, including a 3D x-ray machine, and he’s thinking about adding a digital impressioning unit.

Dr. Holt has nothing but positive comments about his Friendly Benco TR Stephanie Williams and the role that the Benco team has played in his practices. Thanks, Dr. Holt, for making Benco part of your dental team!

Oral health, general health closely linked

FDI World Dental Federation recently presented the latest findings on oral health on World Oral Health Day, March 20.

Among them are clear examples that oral health can be compromised by a number of chronic and infectious diseases, whose symptoms are shown in the mouth.

* People who suffer from HIV/AIDS: about 40-50% present of them show early indicators of an HIV infection through fungal, bacterial or viral infections in the mouth;

* Leukemia may cause oral ulcers;

* Bulimia often causes characteristic tooth erosions (from gastric acid) and

* Diabetes can result in delayed healing of mouth wounds and the worsening of gum disease. Oral diseases can lead to infection, inflammation, and other serious affects on overall health.

Thus, maintaining good oral health is crucial to sustaining general health and vice versa.


School absence attributed to dental-related problems

Children in the United States miss more than 51.0 million school hours each year due to dental-related problems, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

In a 2011 report by the Center for Disease Control regarding U.S. Health, dental caries is one of the most common childhood diseases. Utilization of dental care and the prevalence of untreated dental caries vary by income and by race and ethnicity, with those in higher income groups and non-Hispanic whites having higher utilization and lower untreated dental caries prevalence .



Nothing C.A.S.U.A.L. about this show of support

Caption: Benco Dental associates raise funds to promote colon cancer awareness and screenings. Shown on March 27, wearing the color of support, are associates, from left:  Michelle Waschek, Jennifer Powlus, Florence Marchesano, Janna Buchholz, Diane Schafer, Kim Egroff, Michelle Lees, Michelle Kovaleski, Jerry Phillips.

C.A.S.U.A.L (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day, instituted by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in Pennsylvania to help raise awareness, took place March 27 this year. Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, raised $714.50, which included a company match.

This year, Benco Dental supported C.A.S.U.A.L. Day in a variety of ways, with all proceeds going to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Associates were invited to purchase a Benco Jeans Day sticker for $1;  purchase a C.A.S.U.A.L. Day pin for $5 or purchase a C.A.S.U.A.L. Day long sleeve T-shirt for $15 — any of which entitled them to wear jeans during the workday
March 27.

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s event is designed to raise awareness for colorectal cancer in northeast Pennsylvania and teach individuals the importance of screening and early detection. All proceeds from C.A.S.U.A.L. Day benefit Cancer Institute efforts and support screenings for low income, uninsured, or underinsured individuals.






No fuss, no muss. One expert shares his impressions.

Which simple, cost-effective and necessary material can be found at any dental practice? Points if you guessed alginate.

The catch: few can make alginate impressions right the first time. Mess-free? That’s asking a lot.

Or not.

Howard Strassler, DMD, a professor and the Director of Operative Dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School who practices in Pikesville, Md., shares what he labels as “a wonderful technique for mixing alginate.” A Fellow in the Academy of Dental Materials and the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Strassler  labels The Reading Orthodontic Group’s video, which offers an easier, bowl-free, mess-free way to mix the magnificent material “very intriguing.”

Read Dr. Strassler’s most recent  column in Incisal Edge magazine, where he recommends a measured mix of assurance and informed skepticism regarding new dental techniques and materials.