Benco Dental Acquires TechTrust of Grand Rapids, MI

Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately-owned distributor of dental products and equipment, announces plans to acquire Grand Rapids-based TechTrust on February 12, 2016.  This marks Benco Dental’s first acquisition in the Michigan area.

TechTrust was founded 12 years ago by owners Ron Morgan and Ted Bassett in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The company was started with the intention of providing the dental community with something it was lacking.  TechTrust employees are complete technology specialists, offering total implementation of office networks, including computers, scanners, printers, sound systems, as well as digital x-ray equipment. 

“We bring integrity and infinite attention to detail into your workplace.  We learn your business inside and out,” TechTrust Co-founder Ron Morgan said.

The Michigan business prides itself on integrity and exceptional service.   Its mission:  To help businesses stay current with the most updated IT technology, and create a work environment that runs smoothly, efficiently, and effortlessly.  During the past 12 years, employees have been hand-selected specifically to create a full service, dependable, technical support team. 

“We take ownership of our projects, and treat your network as what it is: the lifeline of your business.  We are proud to earn your trust,” TechTrust Co-founder Ted Bassett added.


Benco Dental Managing Director Charles Cohen

Charles Cohen, Benco managing director, said that he looks forward to adding TechTrust’s technology specialists to Benco Dental’s Great Lakes service team.

“The TechTrust guys are the best technology team in Michigan,” Cohen said.  “Our goal is to offer a complete technology solution to dental practices, and the TechTrust team has built a reputation for exceptional customer service.  We love and respect the deep relationships they’ve built with their customers.”

For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

It’s a girl, it’s a boy, it’s a … breakthrough!


Leave it to the California Dental Association to propagate progress.

Facebook post the CDA shared this week explains the unique cover concept of its award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication:

Pink or blue? Check your mailbox next week to see which version of the February Journal you receive. The first-ever dual covers celebrate the diversity of our editorial contributors and members. Inside you will find articles related to oral cancer emerging technologies in early intervention, potential therapies and dental management of cancer survivors. Take a peek at

Read contributions from their guest editor for the month, Diana V. Messadi, DDS, MMSc, DMSc, including, Oral Cancer: Novel Concepts for the Oral Health Care Practitioner at

Fun Friday: Check out award-winning magazine covers from the past few years:

‘Voice for children’s oral health’ among Gies honorees

More young children suffer from tooth decay than from any other chronic condition, including asthma, according to the Children’s Dental Health Project.

Kids at the highest risk for dental decay inspired pediatric dentist Dr. Burton Edelstein visit to Congress in 1996. One year later, he created the Children’s Dental Health


(Photo courtesy After 21 years of private practice in Connecticut, Dr. Burton Edelstein set his focus on making it easier for high-risk kids to get dental care.

Project as “the voice for children’s oral health.” And in 2009, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was reauthorized—with dental requirements and $100 million in new funding for children’s oral health.

Today, almost 47 million children have access to dental coverage through Medicaid and CHIP dental safety net programs, and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement is recognizing the progress made.

On March 14 at a celebration to be held in conjunction with the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition “Shaping Tomorrow Together” in Denver, CO, Children’s Dental Health Project will be among honorees in the spotlight.

Honorees were selected by a distinguished panel of judges, consisting of the ADEA Gies Foundation Board of Trustees. The 2016 Gies Award recipients, according to are:

Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Public or Private Partner

Children’s Dental Health Project

Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator

Mark C. Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D. 
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by a Public or Private Partner

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics and Delta Dental of Iowa

Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Public or Private Partner

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry

Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by an Academic Dental Institution

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry

Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by an Academic Dental Institution

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Department of Prosthodontics

Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Dental Educator

Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S. 
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Tickets for the celebration can be purchased online at when registering for the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. For information on table sponsorship, contact Trish Smith at or 703-506-3272.

The Procter & Gamble Company is the premier sponsor of the awards.

2016: already a banner year for oral health.

It’s only January 27 and the world of dentistry is awash in good news.

From headline news in the LA Times about a smokeless tobacco ban at Dodger Stadium, and a Mouthing Off blog post about the American Student Dental Association’s February Wellness Challenge, to social media blasts about the Institute of Oral Health’s Inaugural In Motion: 5K Run, Walk, Fun, 2016 is a banner year thus far.


I’m sure some are so mad they can spit, but Hector Becerra shared good news for many in his report that the L.A. city council voted 14-1 Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance banning the use of smokeless tobacco products at all baseball fields and other sports venues in the city.
“It is our great hope that this leads to other cities, Major League Baseball and the great players we all admire to follow suit and do what is right for the health of the players, fans and the good of the game,” Council person Luis Huizar said after Tuesday’s vote.
According to Becerra’s story, Boston and San Francisco have already outlawed smokeless tobacco from their professional baseball stadiums.
If you think your hectic schedule only allows for ordering in and terrible-for-your-total- fitness-plan takeout options, think again.

Digital Content Coordinator Kerri Richardson at Mouthing Off offered firsthand feedback (recipes and helpful tips, too) after participating in one of the ASDA’s monthly wellness challenges #BeWellASDA:

“Eat only home cooked meals for seven days. I completed the challenge for this blog post and it was extremely difficult, but rewarding.”

According to, the challenges “ask you to change your behavior in a way that will positively affect your wellness … [and] target one (or more) of ASDA’s five dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, intellectual, occupational and environmental.”

Learn more or sign on to the challenge on ASDA’s Facebook page

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During its 93rd annual session, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association hopes see the forward motion of a new initiative.
A fundraising effort that will benefit the ADHA Institute for Oral Health, which provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service will culminate Thursday, June 9 in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with an inaugural event.
From now until then, those interested are invited to create teams to participate or make a donation to support the IN MOTION 5K RUN WALK FUN

What does the future hold for women in dentistry?

What’s the current state of women in dentistry and what can The Lucy Hobbs Project do going forward to continue to help?

A quartet of groundbreaking women discuss the state of women in our profession – and what the future likely holds with Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine. Who better to spark the conversation than Julie Radzyminski, Director of the Lucy Hobbs Project and Benco Dental Vice President of Business Innovation.

Hear from four Lucy Hobbs Award winners – those who best embody the spirit of Hobbs herself, who in 1866 became the first American woman to earn a dental degree:

  • Dr. Lynda Dean-Duru, pediatric dentist in Ashburn, Virginia; winner of the 2013 Clinical Expertise Award,
  • Dr. Maria C. Maranga, endodontist in Aquebogue, New York; winner of the 2014 Mentor Award,
  • Dr. Mary Hartigan, periodontist in Jacksonville, Florida; winner of the 2014 Industry Icon Award,
  • Dr. Terryl Propper, endodontist in Nashville, Tennessee; winner of the 2014 Woman to Watch Award.

Read the full story in Incisal Edge

The Lucy Hobbs Project, Benco Dental’s ongoing initiative to celebrate and promote the interests of women in dentistry, recently completed its third year of bringing together dental professionals to effect positive industry change through networking, innovation and giving back.