Is Benco Dental in harmony with the universe?

In tandem. In balance. In sync. Each phrase accurately describe the way Benco Dental’s CAD/CAM Bootcamp training session taking place in Chicago today conveniently aligns with the June 30 leap second.

In case you didn’t read about it on or in your Twitter feed, #leapsecond, the one extra second in your day June 30 evolved from a natural occurrence. explains it succinctly:

2015 is not a leap year, but it does have a leap second, set to take place Tuesday (June 30) at 7:59:60 p.m. EDT (23:59:60 GMT).

“Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that,” Daniel MacMillan of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement.

Ask any person the length of a day, and she’ll say 24 hours, which equates to 86,400 seconds. But the time it takes for Earth to rotate on its axis relative to the sun, called a mean solar day (or the average length of a day) is roughly 86,400.002 seconds. This happens because Earth’s rotation is slowing down, thanks to a kind of braking force caused by the gravitational tug of war among Earth, the sun and the moon, researchers at NASA said.

(Photo courtesy David Gardner/Benco Dental)

The Benco Dental team stays focused during a two-day CAD/CAM Boot Camp training session in Chicago. (Photo courtesy David Gardner/Benco Dental)

Pat Arsenault, Director of Equipment & CenterPoint Services for the nation’s largest privately owned dental distribution company weighed in on the serendipity of the leap second and Benco Dental’s two-day CAD/CAM Boot Camp training session: “It’s our last Bootcamp in Chicago.  They have been so fantastic and so jammed packed with information, they had to add extra time onto today.”

He joked, “Today will be one second longer to accommodate the amount of material we need to cover.

Arsenault referenced one of four events hosted across the United States to provide education and hands-on experience for the Benco Dental team around Benco’s OneVisit™ solution, which includes IOS TS150, 3M True Definition Scanner and the Roland Mill. waxed poetic on the leap second:

Maybe you think this is inconsequential. Even discussing it might seem like a waste of precious time. After all, how much can you get done in one little second? And don’t the really important things in life take time? Unless you work in a high-precision industry, or you’re watching an online clock on June 30 at midnight UTC (8 PM Eastern), you might not even notice this little gift of time.

But a lot can happen in one second.

Did we just steal your extra second with this post? chooses to think that any time spent floss is always worthwhile.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

ADA prepares for ‘Navigating The Sea of Genomic Data’

According to’s Michelle Manchir, the ADA is hosting a first-of-its-kind meeting in October about current issues involved in genetic testing and the expectations for genetics in dentistry.

Academicians, dental practitioners, regulatory bodies and leaders of professional dental organizations are encouraged to attend the conference scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at the Association Headquarters in Chicago.

The purpose of the conference is to develop guidance for interested parties that can be used to inform and assess the design and analysis of genomic studies of oral diseases, according to conference co-chairs, Dr. Daniel Meyer, ADA Chief Science Officer, and Dr. Michael Glick, editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association and professor of oral medicine and dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Thomas Hart, program coordinator for the conference and chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, said the conference is important because it will be the first time renowned genomic experts have come together to discuss pressing issues related to genetic testing in the context of dentistry. Dr. Hart is also the director of the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center.

“They will discuss significant changes in our understanding of genomics and how genes contribute to disease,” Dr. Hart said. “Additionally, they will discuss the issues that the dental community needs to understand to develop and implement safe and effective genetic tests to improve clinical care.”

Dr. Hart added that many challenges dentists face in incorporating genomics into clinical practice are shared by clinicians in other areas in medicine.

At the conference, “we will see that we are not alone in facing these challenges, and that by working together and sharing experiences we will succeed,” Dr. Hart said.

To learn about keynote presentations and speakers, visit:

bb7 and Benco Dental Develop Award-Winning PRO-SYS Toothbrush

The PRO-SYS toothbrush is the latest on bb7’s extensive list of new product development solutions for the dental industry. Sold by Benco Dental, the PRO-SYS toothbrush was designed and developed in collaboration with bb7. Past bb7projects  have included the first set of wireless dental loupes, a revolutionary dental curing wand and robotic testing equipment to evaluate toothbrush performance. Many of these products have garnered awards and recognition from Dentistry Today and The Medical Design Excellence Awards.

Benco Dental Territory Rep Lenny Lenz isn't only a talented salesman, he's also a gifted craftsman - of giant toothbrushes (shown)!

Benco Dental Territory Rep Lenny Lenz isn’t only a talented salesman, he’s also a gifted craftsman – of giant PRO-SYS toothbrushes (shown)!

bb7, a comprehensive product development firm, announced today that the PRO-SYS toothbrush was the recipient of a 2015 Silver Edison Award™. The Edison Awards™ are conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Awards have recognized and honored the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design. The prestigious awards are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation. The PRO-SYS toothbrush was one of three winners in the Dental Patient Care category.

“Working with Benco Dental on their line of professional and consumer toothbrushes was a perfect fit for our capabilities and experience. Our design team sculpted quick form studies of sketched concepts, so decisions were reinforced with hands-on experience,” said John Miller, Director of Industrial Design and User Research at bb7.

PRO-SYS oral health care products unite design simplicity with clinical efficacy. The PRO-SYS Tapered Toothbrush includes (from the inventor of the nylon bristle) DuPont® Tynex filaments arranged in a multi-level design for improved cleaning. The design is intended to clean deeper in difficult-to-reach areas without sacrificing comfort; tapered bristles clean under the gum line.

The contoured handle of the PRO-SYS toothbrush – three years in the making – was shown to substantially reduce debris accumulation and bacterial contamination after prolonged use. In recent clinical findings by The Dental Advisor’s John A. Molinari, Ph.D. and Peri Nelson, B.S., the rubber-free handle on the adult and junior series toothbrushes in the PRO-SYS® oral care family remained 1,500 times cleaner than other brush handles after months of use.

Go to to learn more about bb7’s product development capabilities and experience in the Medical, Dental, Consumer and Commercial industries. Schedule a visit and see how bb7’s world-class researchers, designers, engineers, and scientists unite to solve the most complex challenges.

Amann Girrbach, Benco Dental announce distribution partnership

Delivering the right set of solutions. Two dental innovators are working in tandem with this purpose.

Amann Girrbach has proven itself to be a global leader and innovator of CAD/CAM equipment, materials and technology. Benco Dental has enjoyed 84 years of success in the U.S. market because of a commitment to deliver best-in-class products and solutions to a diverse customer base.

“When reviewing solutions to offer to our customers and prospects, we feel that Amann Girrbach, with their open architecture, truly allows for a seamless integration of digital function for doctors. Not only that, but no matter the size of the lab, we are confident that Amann Girrbach’s full product line is uniquely suited to any need or sophistication,” said Mark Nelson, CAD/CAM Product Manager at Benco Dental.

Paul Jackson, VP of Marketing for Benco Dental.

Paul Jackson, VP of Marketing for Benco Dental.

Benco Dental, the nation’s fastest growing privately owned dental distribution company, announces its distribution partnership agreement with Amann Girrbach, a pioneer in dental CAD/CAM technology and one of the leading innovators and preferred full-service providers in digital dental prosthetics. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.

“In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that we have the right people in both organizations, with the right expertise, to deliver a robust set of open solutions to our diverse customer base,” said Paul Jackson, VP of Marketing for Benco Dental. “Our agreement with Amann Girrbach affords both companies the chance to meet the needs of the dentist and the lab with leading edge equipment and materials.”

“I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

CAD/CAM Product Manager at Benco Dental, Mark Nelson (third from left), offers Kat Dunham, Georg Eickhoff and Jacob Epelbaum a tour of ‪#‎CenterPoint‬ - Benco Dental's home office -- in Pittston, Pa. At Amann Girrbach America Inc., Dunham serves as Director of Operations and Service, Eickhoff's role is President and Epelbaum contributes as Sales Manager, North America.

CAD/CAM Product Manager at Benco Dental, Mark Nelson (third from left), offers Amann Girrbach team members Kat Dunham, Georg Eickhoff and Jacob Epelbaum a tour of ‪#‎CenterPoint‬ – Benco Dental’s home office — in Pittston, Pa.
At Amann Girrbach America Inc., Dunham serves as Director of Operations and Service, Eickhoff’s as President and Epelbaum as Sales Manager, North America.

“We realize that supporting the U.S. market is about more than just providing a full line of integrated solutions to our customers and prospects – it is about relationships, service and continuous dialogue with our customers to continue to innovate to meet demand. We are fortunate to have a greater reach to the voice of the customer through our distribution partners. Their feedback continues to fuel the innovation of our R&D team in Koblach, Austria – one of the largest in the industry – and we are excited to continue to innovate and deliver solutions to the market,” said Kat Dunham, Director of Operations and Service at Amann Girrbach America Inc.


Dental student’s ‘Desire’ fulfilled

By Alison Majikes/Special to

“Age 23. Can I play?”

These two sentences comprised the sign that 23-year-old dental student Ryan Luxenberg held up when he attended a U2 concert in Montreal on June 16.

Luxenberg, a longtime fan of the band that formed in 1976, before the dental student was born, attended the concert alone at Montreal’s Bell Center and stood as close as he could get to the stage while holding up his sign. His hope: that one of the band members would notice him, according to an article on

The simple, five-word sign caught the attention of U2 front man Bono, and before Luxenberg could say “don’t forget to floss”, he was on stage jamming with The Edge and Bono in front of 22,000 people.

When the dental student got up to the stage, Bono asked him “What do you play?” Luxenberg replied, “anything.”

The newly-minted YouTube sensation, who just recently began signing lead vocals in a few bands, exchanged a few more words with Bono before he decided on “Desire” from the 1988 album “Rattle and Hum”

According to the article, Bono directed The Edge to give the student his electric guitar and Bono gave his acoustic guitar to The Edge before they started to play.

“It was a cool moment, I have to say,” said Luxenberg about getting to play the guitar used by one of the greatest guitar legends of our time.

Find out if this was a planned impromptu jam session or an organic meeting:

Alison Majikes is a Special Markets Representative at Benco Dental. U2 happens to be her favorite band, so she’s hoping to have the same experience when she sees them live in NYC this July 22.