New Jersey celebration of National Rural Health Day will feature new dental van

More than 1,800 underserved adults and children throughout north and central New Jersey will now have consistent access to affordable, high quality dental care, thanks to a new mobile dental clinic launched August 10 by Zufall Health.

The Zufall Delta Dental Mobile, which debuted at a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this year, will play a key role on November 17 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey,  at the community health center’s largest event in conjunction with National Rural NRHD Logo_Noember19,2015Health Day. Free dental services and medical screenings will be available.

A dental clinic-on-wheels has long been on Zufall’s wish list, according to Dr. Sam Wakim, chief dental officer at the nonprofit community health center. Having provided limited dental services on Zufall’s medical van for some time, he said a sustainable, efficient solution was needed to improve patients’ access and provide them with a permanent dental home.

“Not only will our van reduce barriers to care such as cost and transportation, it will improve the level of care and regularity we can now provide,” he said.

The 39-foot, state-of-the-art mobile unit has two fully equipped operatories utilizing cutting-edge technology and will accommodate comprehensive preventative and restorative dental services. At a cost of $350,000, it has been funded by primary sponsor Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation. Additional funding was provided by Partners for Health Foundation in Montclair.


“This dental van will allow Zufall to bring greatly needed services directly to our most vulnerable populations, especially to those living in rural areas or who otherwise cannot get to one of our six dental offices,” said Eva Turbiner, Zufall’s president and chief executive officer.

Organizations interested in information about scheduling a van visit to their site can contact Michelle Blanchfield, director of Outreach and Special Populations, at 973-328-9100 Ext. 323. Patients who want more information about eligibility and the van’s schedule can call dental van manager William Torres at 973-329-3344 or visit

In New Jersey, Zufall joins 22 other community health centers recognized for their achievements as critical health care safety nets for state residents. Last year, they collectively served more than 481,000 individuals in 1.6 million visits.

Halloween costumes with some bite.

Didn’t it all begin with classic vampire fangs?

For your last-minute costume preparation of the adult, child, or pet variety, ( staff realizes your free time is at a premium!) we’ve assembled a quick-guide in homage to teeth.

Classic: Jack-O-Lantern, molar, toothpaste tube.

Gold standard: Tooth Fairy.



Terrifying? Not so much. 

Terrifying: Great White shark, vampire.


Humorous: chattering teeth, wax lips.

Offbeat:  sadistic singing dentist Orin Scrivello in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ (most famously portrayed by Steve Martin.)


 Did Lil Jon launch the grill to greatness?

Star power: Lil Jon, Lil Wayne, Flavor Flav, or any celeb with a grilled-out grin.


This genre offers simplicity and success.

Take it from a Halloween party hostess-turned-MolarMuse with Tooth Fairy costume, complete with homemade felt molar headband and toothbrush wand in her arsenal.

If you’ve got a dental lab coat at the ready, your set.


Find out how Drake Orthodontics offers a warm welcome.

Before their planned opening in December, a father-son dental team in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania adds finishing touches at their new state-of-the-art office.

Drs. David and Ethan Drake, with guidance from the CenterPoint Design team at Benco Dental, created a space for patients of all ages to receive orthodontic care.

Contrasting warm and cool tones, on-trend lighting and comfortable seating throughout the office accomplish this goal.

“The MDC Dimension walls (shown) used at Drake Orthodontics add a great focal point to their waiting room. The bronze finish on the panels provide a contrast to the wall color and add warmth to the space,” said Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer at Benco Dental CenterPoint Design.

“The ‘metallic’ panels are actually a lightweight plastic that can be used as wall cladding, on the face of a business desk, or even to wrap around a column.  They are available in a wide variety of patterns and finishes that allow them to be used in virtually any setting.” 


Let Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design team connect you with MDC Wall today. Contact the CenterPoint Design team  at 1.800.GOBENCO.

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Are you happy at work?

If you said yes, it might be linked to your workplace being certified green by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Workers in buildings that are certified green by the U.S. Green Building Council are happier and healthier than those who work in buildings that are not green certified. This finding, reported in Green Building Elements, comes from researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health and New York’s Upstate Medical University.

More than 500 associates working at the home office of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor should know. Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East, in Northeast Pennsylvania, is Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, meeting some of the highest standards set forth by the United States Green Building Council.

The company’s CenterPoint Design team features LEED certified office designers who work with doctors to build low-impact practices that they can feel good about.

According to the team at Benco Dental, being environmentally-friendly is something they take to heart.

“At Benco Dental, green means continuously discovering and implementing methods to reduce our facilities’ environmental impact,” said Barry Hendrickson, LEED Green Associate and Benco Dental Equipment Logistics Coordinator.

Many of our nationwide distribution and office facilities employ energy-efficient lighting and low-water usage fixtures. Our 300+ service technicians are guided by a scheduling software that promotes efficiency,” said Hendrickson.

Support for the study was provided by United Technologies, which makes heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, and control networks for green certified buildings.


Bonita Springs + Dr. Howard Farran = One-Day Dental MBA

Dr. Howard Farran’s One-Day Dental MBA lecture shows how you can help build a remarkable dental office that will make a difference to your community.


Howard Farran, DDS, MBA

Spend the day, November 4, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in beautiful Bonita Springs, Florida (shown) while learning practical hands-on applications that can be immediately translated to your own practice, no matter what your role is in the dental office.

In the morning session, Benco Dental presents an opportunity to gain proven techniques from the founder of Dentaltown and noted international speaker, while:

  • learning to manage people, time and money
  • understanding a staffing formula for a highly motivated team
  • gaining basic business fundamentals and profitable practice marketing.

Dean Vafiadis, DDS

Then in the afternoon, Dr. Dean Vafiadis, currently the Director of the Full-Mouth Rehabilitation CE course at New York University, will lead the focus to Digital Dentistry for Implants and Aesthetics: Technologies for Private Practice.

Six Continuing Education credits for the day will include a discussion of:

  • tissue emergence development at time of surgery
  • CAD/CAM generated and design abutments
  • complete digital workflow from CBCT scan to final abutment
  • fabrication of anterior and posterior implant crowns
  • utilizing CAD/CAM crowns for restoring OVD in FMR cases.

Contact your Friendly Benco Rep to reserve your seat today or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.