Dental workplace ‘family’ supports volunteer events

Caption: Benco Dental’s “Team Metro” contributed to the May 10 Greater New Jersey – Parsippany Chapter of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk with fundraising efforts and participation. Shown, first row, from left, are: Susan Hilko, Brooke Gardner, Aden Gardner, Griffin Gardner, David Gardner. Second row: Karen Hilko, Shauna Colicchio, Vincent Colicchio holding Hunter, Todd Denton, Jose Gomez, Derek Dreyer.

A workplace family united toward community good. Benco Dental exemplifies that phrase as a corporate entity, donating $860,000 to charitable causes in 2013 through its Benco Family Foundation. The largest privately owned dental company in the United States also subscribes to that philosophy on a regional level, with associates logging more than 1,100 hours to community service projects in the past year, and its “Team Metro” as a case in point. Encompassing the geographic areas of northern and central New Jersey, the Metro division includes 23 Benco Dental associates – both sales and service personnel.

Recently, the company’s Metro associates took steps to support their neighbors after finding inspiration within their ranks: Regional Sales Manager David Gardner and Territory Representative Shauna Colicchio.

Each spring, Gardner and his family take part in the Greater New Jersey – Parsippany Chapter of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk to show support for his niece, Olivia Jones, 7.  This year, Benco Dental’s “Team Metro” decided to contribute to the May 10 event with their fundraising efforts and participation.

Benco Dental Regional Sales Manager David Gardner and his family take part in the Greater New Jersey - Parsippany Chapter of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk each spring, to show support for his niece, Olivia Jones, 7. This year, Benco Dental’s “Team Metro” decided to contribute to the May 10 event with fundraising efforts and participation. Shown, first row, from left, are: Brooke Gardner with Hunter Colicchio.

Benco Dental Regional Sales Manager David Gardner and his family take part in the Greater New Jersey – Parsippany Chapter of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk each spring, to show support for his niece, Olivia Jones, 7. This year, Benco Dental’s “Team Metro” decided to contribute to the May 10 event with fundraising efforts and participation. Shown, first row, from left, are: Brooke Gardner with Hunter Colicchio.

“We walked two miles on a beautiful sunny day around Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury, NJ and enjoyed a light lunch at the event afterward.  It was great to see and meet everyone’s family,” said Karen Hilko, Administrative Assistant for the Metro Sales Region at Benco Dental.

“I do it for her,” Gardner said of his niece, Olivia, “ and to help all the others who can’t help themselves, who need our support to find a cure.”

He explained some of the reasons he and Team Metro make efforts to play a role in their community support system.

“There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis who struggle every day just to breathe. Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of people with cystic fibrosis are still cut short.”

“Team Metro” did not stop there. Benco Dental associates are registered to participate and donate in the 1st Annual Ellie’s Run for Independence Run/Walk on July 13 in Succasunna, NJ. The 5K event, scheduled for July 13 around Horseshoe Lake, Roxbury Township, will support The Ellie Reynolds ALS Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in memory of Colicchio’s grandmother. Its mission: to provide people living with ALS and their caregivers with the day-to-day comforts they need to achieve a high quality of life at little or no cost to them. The foundation raises funds and work with construction companies to provide home improvement services such as adapting bathrooms, installing wheelchair ramps, and expanding doorways that are needed by those diagnosed with ALS.

“My maternal grandmother, Ellie, was 74 when she passed in 2006, after living with ALS for just seven months. She was the matriarch of the family and it was devastating. She loved life. The foundation is extremely important to us because when my grandmother was diagnosed, finding ways to make her last days pleasurable and finding tools to help her was difficult. She would’ve loved to have these resources and would’ve found a way to do this herself if she could have,” said Colicchio. Continue reading

What’s for breakfast? Dark chocolate.

Sorry, milk chocolate. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but your nemesis wins again.

A dentist from Beverly Hills, Calif. claims that a bitter power found in dark chocolate, theobromine, can actually harden the enamel, according to a report from dentistry today.com.

This would add protection to the teeth against the possible impact of staining.

When it comes to whitening teeth, dark chocolate consumption produces the best results early in the day after plaque piles up overnight, the report says.

Milk chocolate, what do you have to offer? Bad breath and bacteria build up from high sugar content.

Find out which other three foods might offer beneficial tooth whitening impact. Read the full story at:

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10625-substance-may-provide-boost-to-enamel

 

Recognize a breathing emergency. Find out how.

The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering a course that will teach dentists how to recognize and treat patients who might experience a breathing emergency while undergoing minimal or moderate sedation. Dentists interested in refreshing their airway management emergency skills should register for the ADA’s “Managing Sedation Complications, Part 2” course, which will take place Aug. 22 at ADA Headquarters, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.

The course is available at 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or at 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The cost is $1,359 for ADA members and $2,039 for others. This course is sponsored in part by a grant from the ADA Foundation.

The managing sedation complications course emphasizes patient monitoring and airway management, offers hands-on training in the use of airway devices and monitoring techniques, and reviews protocols for drug therapy to manage complications. Participants work in teams to apply these techniques using scientifically advanced human simulation equipment. Participants will earn five continuing education (CE) credits upon completion of the course. Visit www.ADA.org/sedationmgmt  to register.

Registrants for Part 2 must have completed Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers prior to Aug 22, 2013, and “Managing Sedation Complications, Part 1,” by Aug. 15, 2014. For more information about Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, please visit www.heart.org/bls or www.redcross.org/take-a-class. For more information about Managing Sedation Complications, Part 1, visit www.adaceonline.org. Participants will earn four CE credits upon completion of Part 1.

For more information about anesthesia and sedation, please visit MouthHealthy.org.

NeoCon: where ingenuity meets flair

Recently, Interior Designers from Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design attended NeoCon, The National Exposition of Contract Furnishing in Chicago, IL. NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, is annually attended by more than 40,000 architecture and design professionals.

“With over three days of non-stop resources, energy and ideas, NeoCon is the single most important industry event of the year. NeoCon provided our designers access to the latest and most innovative products and endless networking and educational opportunities,” said Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design.

CenterPoint Designers Megan Chuzas and Greg Marinelli test out the Molo product during Chicago's NeoCon earlier this month.

CenterPoint Designers Megan Chuzas and Greg Marinelli test out the Molo product during Chicago’s NeoCon earlier this month.

The designers in attendance focused on discovering new furniture prospects, learning about the latest in commercial flooring options, and finding inspiration in the up-and-coming design trends.

“Let’s talk inspiration! Molo is one of those products that left a lasting impression,” said Amanda Griffith,  Interior Designer at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design.

She refers to the Canadian-based company Molo. Dedicated to an exploration of sensory experience in space making, combined with experiments in manufacturing, materials and structure, the Molo studio explores overlapping realms of art, architecture and design.

Molo’s products are inspired by studies in architecture and the idea that smaller tactile objects have a real potency in the physical experience of the built environment.

Next year’s NeoCon will take place June 15-17, 2015, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Spreading safety, smiles in Nicaragua

A passion to produce the purest, most effective oral care on earth drove the Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care team to develop products that are fluoride-free, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, non-toxic, sustainable and safe if swallowed.
In order to offer these benefits to people everywhere as part of their mission and philosophy, the company frequently donates products – Dr. Sharp’s Fresh Mint with Green Tea Toothpaste, Wild Berry Kids Toothpaste, Fresh Mint Mouthwash, and Green Tea Mint Dental Tape – through international charities such as Friends of The Orphans and Amigos del Nino con Cancer. Most recently, children at Friends of the Orphans NPHI Nicaragua, shown, received a donation.
How did the Dr. Sharp Dentistry® come to be?
Rewind to 2001. As a natural progression of his specialty practice, after conducting extensive research with the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT), Dr. Bruno Sharp, a Miami aesthetic dentist, learned that fluoride in the public water system coupled with its inclusion in the foods and beverages we ingest on a daily basis is commonly linked to a wide range of health problems. Upon such findings, he became determined to develop his own brand, a natural, non-toxic and healthy alternative to fluoride toothpaste.
Dr. Sharp, who brings together decades of clinical experience combined with a family tradition that spans more than 120 years and four generations of dentists, created a line of products in 2005. Since that time, by caring deeply about the environment and its effect on health, Dr. Sharp and his team have dedicated themselves to providing innovative and proven alternatives to fluoride-based products.