Fall brings cool temps, colorful leaves and new dental innovations

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 

The 6 Neat Things feature the 3M Xerostomia, Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes, SA Cement Universal, Formlabs Form 3, Gibson Healthcare Collagen Plugs and Benco Dental lab supplies.

Benco Dental is driving dentistry forward with the newest and coolest technology doctors need in the form of its Six Neat Things promotion.

Help patients relieve pain from dry mouth with the new 3M Xerostomia Relief Spray.

The professional-grade solution is designed to provide rapid, effective and convenient relief of xerostomia symptoms. The simple-to-use spray allows patients to apply it wherever and whenever they need to.

The Xerostomia Relief Spray from 3M.

The product offers several benefits that help relieve the uncomfortableness caused by dry mouth brings. These include: 

  • Rapid and long-lasting relief 
  • A lipid-based spray to moisturize the mouth 
  • The convenience of a spray nozzle – no mixing or rinsing needed 

Read more about the 3M Xerostomia here.

Extend the life of your upholstery with the Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes.

The wipes by Palmero Healthcare effectively protect, clean, and restore upholstery to ensure that it lasts longer.

The wipes are pre-moistened with an advanced water-based silicone formula.

The Palmero Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes.

The Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes can be used to sanitize a variety of surfaces such as: 

  • Leather 
  • Vinyl 
  • Plastic 
  • Rubber 
  • X-ray aprons 
  • Dental unit chairs 

To learn more about the Palmero Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes, click here

Say goodbye to complicated bonding protocol with the Panavia SA Cement Universal.

The primer-free product allows for easy and quick cementation and offers high-bond strength to all materials, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Lithium disilicate 
  • Composite resin 
  • Zirconia 
  • Both Precious and Noble metal 
The Panavia SA Cement Universal.

The SA Cement Universal is suitable for a variety of procedures such as: 

  • Crowns and bridges
  • Inlays and onlays 
  • Posts
  • Adhesion bridges 

Click here to learn more about the SA Cement Universal.

Step into the world of 3D printing with Formlabs Form 3 Low Force Stereolithography

Using linear illumination and a flexible tank to turn liquid into resin prints, the Form 3 creates flawless prints every time. 

The Form 3 offers benefits on several fronts: 

  • Low cost-per-part printed
  • Most-used dental 3D printer in the world
  • Best quality at best price
  • Perfect fit and finish ensured
  • Open system: accepts any .stl file

The system constantly monitors print performance and allows the most creative ideas to be brought to life.

The Form 3 3D printer from Formlabs.

Integrated sensors help to maintain ideal print conditions and send alerts about the state of the machine.

Read more about the Formlabs Form 3 Low Force Stereolithography by clicking here

Heal and protect patients’ wounds with the Gibson Healthcare Collagen Plugs.

The highly-purified collagen plugs are porous, sterile and resorb within 30 days of application. Healthcare wound dressings also come in tape and foam form.

The Collagen Plugs from Gibson Healthcare.

The collagen plugs offer several key features and advantages:

  • Predictable in-vivo resorption 
  • Great handling characteristics 
  • Ability to suture or use tacks 
  • Moderate ability to be draped
  • Ability to be repositioned
  • Easy handling – does not stick to instruments 

To learn more about the Gibson Healthcare Collagen Plugs, click here

Get everything you need for labs all in one place with Benco Dental.

By offering a great choice and variety of flexibility, Benco Dental lab supplies are suited to fit every lab and every situation.

Some of the lab products offered by Benco Dental are shown above.

Benco Dental can supply doctors with all of the vital instruments they need to operate in a lab such as: 

  • Lab stones 
  • Plasters 
  • Pumice 
  • Acrylic 

For more information on Benco Dental lab supplies, click here.

Incisal Edge fall issue, featuring ‘40 Under 40,’ America’s Best Young Dentists, just days away #IE40Under40

Dental lifestyle magazine expands signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; fall edition spotlights 80 professionals from across the United States.

On September 1, the fall issue of Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will publish digitally at IncisalEdgeMagazine.com and in print, reaching 130,000 readers via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Inside: a pictorial honoring 80 of America’s rising stars of dentistry. (Shown on the cover, above: two honorees, Dr. Tyler and Elizabeth Carmack)

An expansion of the magazine’s signature 40 Under 40 awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

Earlier this summer, honorees were invited to an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis, a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, and the Incisal Edge staff. The photography portfolio created by editorial and commercial photographer Matt Furman and Macrae Marran will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. More than 68 honorees and their guests attendedthe celebration, sponsored by 3M, Benco Dental, Carestream Dental, Midmark, Septodont and Vatech.

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Dr. Heidi B. Aaronson, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Dr. Michelle Augello, Buffalo, New York

Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Andrew F. Bartish, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Sarah Blair, West Allis, Wisconsin

Dr. Jaime S. Bremnes, Garden City and New York, New York
Dr. Corey Brick, New York, New York

Dr. Elizabeth Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont

Dr. Tyler J. Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont

Dr. Stanford Chen, Bellevue, Washington

Dr. Riley D. Clark, Medford, Oregon

Dr. Christen Dinkha, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Emily Dodds, Long Beach, California

Dr. Dustin R. C. Dodds, Long Beach, California

Dr. Ryan Dulde, Eagle, Wisconsin

Dr. Kajuana Farrey, Riverdale and Moultrie, Georgia

Dr. Brianna Ganson, Leawood, Kansas

Dr. Randi Green, Springfield, Missouri

Dr. Dan Iannotti, Valencia, California

Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California

Dr. Sako Karakozian, Studio City, California

Dr. Bill Keith, Mission, Kansas

Dr. Brittany Kinol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Arend Klooster, Holly Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg, New York, New York

Dr. Taline Kotchounian, Studio City, California

Dr. Kiwon Lee, Montvale, New Jersey

Dr. Katie McCann Lee, Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Jeff Moon, Haymarket, Virginia

Dr. Brett Moore, Plymouth, Minnesota,

Dr. Nicole R. Naylor, Denver, North Carolina

Dr. JC Owens, Coal Township, Pennsylvania

Dr. Seena Patel, Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Onika Patel, Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Shalin Patel, Dallas, Texas

Dr. Rebecca Pounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille, Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Caleb Robinson, New Philadelphia, Ohio

Dr. Jason Watts, Lithia, Florida

Dr. Richard J. Weber, Tabernacle, New Jersey.

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Dr. Huda Aljonaidy, Ormond Beach, Florida

Dr. Daniel Cassarella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Quinn Chan, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Dr. Monica Chandran, Olney, Maryland

Dr. Rita Chuang, Torrance, California

Dr. Charlie Clark, Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona

Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad, Chanhassen, Minnesota

Dr. Mark M. Dawoud, Palm Harbor, Florida

Dr. Hemant Dhawan, Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia

Dr. Nasem Dunlop, Foothill Ranch, California

Dr. Troy Eans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Roselyne Gichana, Falls Church, Virginia

Dr. Susan Hernandez, Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, Tennessee

Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, Swansea, Massachusetts

Dr. Tommy Lee, Montvale, New Jersey and New York, New York

Dr. Setareh Aghabak Lavasani, Pomona, California

Dr. Danielle Lombardi, New York, New York

Dr. Shawn Marsh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Ryan Mendro, Winter Garden, Florida

Dr. Justin Messina, Englewood, New Jersey

Dr. Alexis K. Moore, Valencia, California

Dr. Bar Nguyen, Spring and Katy, Texas

Dr. Lizzie O’Dell, Hurricane, West Virginia

Dr. BiNa Oh, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Dr. Valerie Okehie, Greenbelt, Maryland

Dr. Liliana Ortiz, New York, New York

Dr. Hubert J. Park, Lynn, Massachusetts

Dr. Mary Regina Pham, Placentia, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa, California

Dr. Sean Pierce, Newport Beach and Tustin, California

Dr. Joel M. Preminger, Cedarhurst, New York

Dr. Kadambari Rawal, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Samantha Rawdin, New York, New York

Dr. Tunhina Sen Roy, Little Falls, New Jersey

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, Austin, Texas

Dr. Andrea Smith, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Dr. Sarah Stipho, Framingham, Massachusetts

Dr. Walter D. Thames, Garden Ridge, Texas

Dr. Alexander Volchonok, New York, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut

Dr. Stephanie Zeller, Seattle, Washington.

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in the profession. Renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy or a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

About Benco Dental


Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Women in dentistry: Learn to live your strengths with DeWLife

With every issue of their lifestyle magazine for women in dentistry, DeW Life (Dental entrepreneur Women) aims to inspire. In November, they’ll take that mission beyond the pages of the magazine to Charlotte, North Carolina as hosts of their inaugural retreat.

“We want to fill a void that exists regarding female leaders and inspirational voices. To show young ladies entering the profession that the opportunities are real. To encourage those already digging in to raise their voices and for those seasoned veterans to give back and refuse to quit…” is the credo prominently displayed on their website.

Opening the event on November 14 and 15 at the Providence Country Club: Learning to Live Your Strengths, with presenters from Strengths Savvy, an inspirational journey from Connie Dugan and a welcome from Chief DeW-er Anne M. Duffy, RDH.

“Bossy little girls become strong leaders. My dad used to lovingly call me a pushy broad. My grandmother lovingly noted that I was very loud, and my brother was grateful when I tried to chase the bullies away from him. To this day I will ask for raises for my co-workers if I think they are deserving. It came as no surprise that when I realized women in dentistry were not getting their due, not getting paid the same, not getting the keynotes, not getting the respect they deserve, being bullied and /or harassed at work, (need I go on?) that I would do what I could to change that. Yes, the birth of DeW Life was in my DNA.”

Editor and Publisher Anne M. Duffy, RDH

Don’t miss this lineup of experts

Guest speakers at the inaugural event will include:

Dr. Shakila Angadi, The Inspired Dentist (shown) will be among guest speakers at the DeW 2019 Retreat.

Do good while you’re there

Throughout the retreat, DeW Life will host raffles to benefit Brown Girl and Oral Cancer Cause .

Want to register? Here’s how.

https://mailchi.mp/dew.life/dewretreat2019

Balance your body and mind at #LHP19 with Anelody Tice

Dentistry takes its toll on the body. If an expert offered to help your body restore its physical, emotional, mental and physiological balance and retain it through movement, touch and music, would you try it?

Anelody Tice grew up studying ballet. From the age of 5, she enjoyed the movement and creativity of dance. As an adult she found the same passion with Yoga and Pilates and continued to learn about the body while studying Massage, Craniosacral and Visceral Therapy. The past 15 years have brought her to culminate experiences and skills into an integrated approach to help people seeking health.

She’ll share her unique take on therapeutic movement this fall at an event that celebrates women in dentistry.

Anelody Tice, LMP, CCST will lead a session in this powerful #GyroKinetic way of working out. She’ll share easy home exercises to keep you energized, strong and balanced at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration on October 3-5 The Blackstone in Chicago.

Join her and 9 more incredible speakers, earn 4 CE credits & celebrate women in dentistry at this event with the theme Mind+Body+Soul! Register: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/be…/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Want to register and attend?

Learn more about this incredible event: https://us.dental-tribune.com/c/benco-dental-company-usa/news/https-us-dental-tribune-com-login-logged_outtrue/

Earn 4 CE credits and celebrate women in dentistry! Register: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/be…/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

The Lucy Hobbs Way

While we generally profile great women from dentistry’s past, we do not want to neglect any woman of the past who has advanced the cause of equality for women and the advancement of society in general. On the run-up to the 100th anniversary of American women getting the vote (women were enfranchised via the 19th amendment on August 26, 1920) we are profiling a woman who worked tirelessly for others in the medical field as a nurse and also championed women’s right to vote – Mary Bartlett Dixon Cullen. She displayed the tenacity and persistence, along with the will to make things better, that we at Benco Dental and the entire Lucy Hobbs Project hope to support in today’s women dentists.

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Photo from The Baltimore Evening Sun, August 14, 1912.

Mary was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1873. Her father, William T. Dixon, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Johns Hopkins University Hospital before becoming President of the hospital; he also owned the Dixon-Bartlett Company and was president of the National Exchange Bank. Mary Bartlett Dixon was admitted to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, as many other young women were starting to do, as the Civil War had opened that career up for females.

At the time of her enrollment, the student nurses worked longer hours than the Principal of the School of Nursing, Adelaide Nutting, thought they should. She figured with the President of the university’s daughter enrolled, he would see and hopefully, reduce, the number of hours the nurses toiled. This strategy worked, and Mr. Dixon reduced the hours, however; Miss Dixon worked twice as hard as her peers and graduated in 1903.

No Longer Neutral

As she started working, Mary chafed at the neutral stance nurses were expected to exhibit in the face of political inequality. At one point, she wrote a letter to the editor of the American Journal of Nurses criticizing the journal’s neutral position on women’s suffrage. She rapidly realized that one could not separate women’s health with women’s rights – they were undeniably linked. How could you improve people’s health if you couldn’t improve their lot politically? In October 1908, Dixon published an essay titled “Votes for Women” in the Nurses’ Journal of the Pacific Coast. Dixon asserted, “no other issue or matter could be attended to until nurses were politically oriented.” She urged nurses to find out the voting laws in each state, as some states (particularly in the West) allowed women to vote in local elections, although by the early 1900s, if a state had allowed women to vote in certain elections, they might have revoked such rights and no woman could vote in a national election. Most states had some combination of rules that allowed almost any one, (sometimes they needed to own property) over the age of 21 and who lived in a community for one year to be eligible to vote ‘except women, children, idiots, and criminals,” Mary found.

Pushing Ahead

By October 1909, Mary was the chairman of the Woman’s Suffrage Association of Maryland, compiling a pamphlet championing the cause of women to vote. Along with working tirelessly for suffrage, she continued her nursing. She worried that there was no nursing school or hospital in Easton, the seat of Talbot County, Maryland.  In 1907, she and Elizabeth Wright set up a school of nursing with no money – it was all staffed by volunteers. The school eventually became the MacQueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing and then part of the Allied Health program at Chesapeake College. She was also the founder of the Talbot County Children’s Aid Society.

Not Afraid to Suffer for the Cause

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Caption: “Some of the picket line of Nov. 10, 1917.” Left to right: Mrs. Catherine Martinette, Eagle Grove, Iowa. Mrs. William Kent, Kentfield, California. Miss Mary Bartlett Dixon, Easton, Md. Mrs. C.T. Robertson, Salt Lake City, Utah. Miss Cora Week, New York City. Miss Amy Ju[e]ngling, Buffalo, N.Y. Miss Hattie Kruger, Buffalo, N.Y. Miss Belle Sheinberg, N.Y.C. Miss Julia Emory, Baltimore, Md.

Credit: Photograph by Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C., November 10, 1917. Cropped version of the photograph published in The Suffragist 5, no. 95 (Nov. 17, 1917). Available from the Library of Congress, National Woman’s Party Records, Group II, Container II:276, Folder: Group Photographs Nos. 77-87, and online at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mnwp.276023.

A few years later the issue of women’s suffrage was facing several important votes. A portion of the suffrage movement known as the National Woman’s Party led by suffragist Alice Paul became the first “cause” to picket outside the White House. The ladies marched with signs and held mostly peaceful protests. In March 1913, Woodrow Wilson received the first suffragists in the White House—led by Alice Paul, and including Mary Bartlett Dixon and three others. Because state level suffrage was met with great resistance, suffragists like Dixon knew that a constitutional amendment was the only way to gain equality everywhere. On November 10, 1917, Dixon posed with a group of women protestors for a photograph including the suffrage banner and a critique of President Wilson. That day, Dixon was arrested for picketing the White House. She was sent to the Occoquan Workhouse along with many other suffragists.

Unstoppable

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Image of Mary Bartlett Dixon on a float in front of the Talbot County Courthouse, circa 1911-1912. The Easton Star Democrat, April 5, 2018.

This stint in the workhouse apparently did not stop Mary from continuing her quest for universal suffrage. She went back to Maryland and continued the fight.

Gaining the Vote

Mary Bartlett Dixon was married shortly before she gained the right to vote. She married Dr. Thomas S. Cullen, a gynecologist at Johns Hopkins, in a small ceremony surrounded by family on April 6, 1920.

Last Accolades

In 1949 the Board of the Memorial Hospital of Easton decided to name establish a new fund in Mary’s name, the Mary Bartlett Dixon Cullen fund for Nursing Education.

After her husband died in 1953, she donated her Baltimore home to the American Cancer Society.

A Quaker, she was a member of the Friends Meeting in Easton, Maryland. Mary Bartlett Dixon Cullen died on September 6, 1957, at her home, Moreling Chance, near Easton. She was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Easton, Talbot County, Maryland.

For more information on the unsung life of Mary Bartlett Dixon, see this biographical sketch here.

For more information on the Benco Dental Lucy Hobbs Project, supporting women in dentistry, click here.

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Some modern-day suffragettes, displaying their colors at a vintage event.

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

3 steps to get started designing your dental practice

Dentist and architect Dr. Tristan Hamilton will guide attendees at a Build Your Future event Sept. 19 and 20. America’s leading design workshops – specifically created for dentists— offer insight on interior design, architecture, financing your project and readying your team for the transformation.

Register today for the two- day September event that will be hosted at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Call 1.800.GOBENCO or see your Friendly Benco Dental Rep for details. More: https://www.facebook.com/events/2229545497362002/?ti=icl

In a recent interview, Dr. Hamilton shared three steps to get started on designing your dental practice. His guidance helps turn what might seem like a daunting concept into an exciting, rewarding experience.

1. Select the right team

Just like picking the right employees for a dental practice team is so important, picking the right team for designing a practice is vital, too, said Dr. Hamilton. Contact a dental Equipment Specialist, all of the other aspects of your timeline will fall into place.

Staying in contact with a dental Equipment Specialist is especially important because she or he can offer insight on topics like which contractors deliver projects on time, and on budget and created amazing outcomes. The same goes when selecting to select the right architect and interior designer.

As soon as all of your team members are in place, the process will flow smoothly.

2. Create a mission portfolio

Also known as vision boards, mission portfolios allow doctors to view their goals and inspirations. These portfolios act as a check and balance system between the doctor’s wants and the project itself.

Since there are so many working parts todesigning an office, it’s important to keep track of all of them.

The mission portfolios offer a platform to answer questions such as:

  • How many operatories will the practice have?
  • Do you want an existing space, or would you prefer to build one?
  • How much external car traffic do you seek outside of your practice?
    • Are you aiming for pedestrian traffic?

Sites like Houzz.com or Pinterest allow doctors to set up all of their favorite inspirations in one list. Having this list leads to better communication with the interior designers, which ultimately results in an amazing animation of the client’s needs and the designer’s ideas.

3. Attend a Build Your Future workshop

As much as dental school prepares doctors for the day-to-day challenges they may face at a dental practice, a Build Your Future workshop explains all of the intricate parts involved with designing a practice.

These workshops offer the information to create the perfect space for both a practice and patients.

The Build Your Future Workshops address designing an office from start to finish, so doctors are fully prepared take the project head on.

Advice, information and guidance will prevent any pitfalls when actually in the process of designing a practice that will support the rest of a successful dental career.

Those interested in viewing a schedule for Dr. Hamilton’s Build Your Future workshops can do so here.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton presents at a Build Your Future event hosted in June.

What can you expect?

Earn up to 8.5 CE credits at dentistry’s leading design workshop featuring keynote speaker Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.

Also featuring:

  • “Financing- Putting it All Together” with Charles Loretto, Partner, Cain Watters & Associates President, National Dental Placements
  • “Practice Management Coaching” with Kay Huff, Benco Dental Director of Dental Coaching.
  • “The Power of Interior Design” with Melissa Sprau, NCIDQ, Benco Dental, Manager, CenterPoint Design

Details:
Accomplish the following objectives —
• Walk away with a foundation of how a properly designed office can increase production and efficiency.

• Learn what constitutes an effective floor plan.

• Know how to get the right people on your team to help you achieve the low stress office design you need to succeed.

• Discover what makes a patient more anxious in your office and how you can alleviate it.

Creating anaward-winning office isn’t as hard as it seems

Again, it all comes down to the team. Once all of the positions are filled, from Equipment Specialist to Interior Designer, the foundation for an award-winning office will be built.

Just like your team is important for the initial creation ofyour space, it’s important for any redesigning you may choose to do, too.

Having the right team in place is vital to achieving things like compassionate aesthetic, circulation, patient experience and dental team efficiency.

“In order to keep the humanity of dentistry in place, all of these goals much be achieved. Dentists must be able to view their practice through a compassionate lens to create a space where their patients are comfortable.”

Dr. Tristan Hamilton

Everything from the colors on the walls down to your choice of furnishing can help create a practice that destroys dental phobias and hence becomes an award-winning practice.

With the right team, all of these goals can be so easily reached.

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Benco associates take on the 5 for 5 Saltine Challenge to fight pediatric sarcoma cancer

Team Arnav Foundation raises awareness and money for pediatric sarcoma cancer and research in tribute to Arnav Krishna, who died at age 16 after 2.5 year battle with osteosarcoma.

This past Friday, associates at the Benco Dental home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, tackled the 5 for 5 Saltine Challenge, which was created by the Team Arnav Foundation to raise awareness and money for pediatric sarcoma cancer and research.

The nonprofit Team Arnav was founded by Dhruv Krishna, with the help of family and friends, to honor his twin brother Arnav, who lost his life to a 2.5 year battle with osteosarcoma. The foundation’s goal is to raise money to help fund osteosarcoma research.

Dhruv Krishna, while a summer intern at the nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor, enlisted his team members at Benco to participate in the Challenge.

View the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1eW5fBn0-E/?igshid=wogawg3lzkk4

The Challenge

The challenge is to eat 5 Saltines in under a minute, then donate $5 on the Team Arnav website, hence the name 5 for 5. Once completed, share the challenge video on social media, tag @TeamArnav and nominate five others to complete the challenge. Nominees are given 48 hours to complete the challenge.

Thus far, the challenge has raised $10,000, with over 400 participants, including four corporations.

Arnav’s Story

The late Arnav Krishna is shown before a cycling race in 2018 after his recovery from chemo and surgery.

Arnav Krishna grew up in the Lehigh Valley, PA, attending the Swain School from grades Pre-K through 8. He was a nationally-ranked cyclist (he earned the 18th spot for his age group in the nation in 2016), an avid learner who excelled in the classroom, and a kind friend to all.

In the summer of 2016, Arnav was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of aggressive bone cancer that affects a mere 400 people a year. After a year of grueling chemotherapy, a 17-hour surgery, and still more chemotherapy, he was cleared as cancer free.

During his battle with cancer, Arnav adopted a mantra: Relentless Positivity. This inspired him and those around him to stay positive regardless of the circumstances, and to see the good in everything.

Less than a year after his clearance as cancer-free, doctors discovered the cancer had relocated and spread all over Arnav’s body. There was no cure.

The Foundation

Twin brothers Arnav (right) and Dhruv (left) Krishna pose for a photo at Meadowbrook Farm, PA.

Dhruv Krishna, 17, a rising senior at Moravian Academy in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, discussed the inspiration behind Team Arnav Foundation.

“I saw how much he suffered, how much I suffered, and how much everybody else suffered. I want to do everything in my power to make sure no one else has to suffer like that ever again.”

Dhruv Krishna

The foundation’s mission is to “build a community of support for those in need and work to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight against sarcoma cancer.” Every dollar raised by the foundation goes directly to research, therapy, and treatments for sarcoma.

Dhruv was motivated to create the foundation after he saw firsthand how little funding sarcoma received: “Sarcoma cancers only receive about $100,000 in funding annually, while more common cancers, such as breast cancer, receive about $6 billion annually. It was really jarring that something so life-taking received so little funding to find a cure.”

The Future

Dhruv is hoping that in the future, funds created by the Team Arnav Foundation will help find a cure to sarcoma cancers. Dhruv said he is eternally grateful to everyone who has contributed and donated so far.

To read more about Arnav Krishna and the Team Arnav Foundation or donate, visit Team Arnav’s website http://teamarnav.org

Creating a positive place in the universe: Nicole Zwiercan meets #LHP19

Giving back. Finding strength in difficult times. Inspiring others to use their voice to promote positive change. One woman does it all … and more.

Nicole Zwiercan, Mrs. USA Universe 2018 and a Registered Dental Hygienist who was recently named one of Chicago’s “Most Inspiring People” will discuss how to grow stronger from trials and celebrate triumphs at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration. Join her Oct. 3-5 at The Blackstone, Chicago.

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As Mrs. USA Universe 2018, Nicole sets out to inspire people all over the world to celebrate their triumphs, and grow stronger from their trials. She was honored to represent the USA this past December in Cebu, Philippines at the 12th Annual Mrs. Universe Pageant, where she placed first Runner Up to Mrs. Universe 2018. She also won “Most Photogenic” and the “Humanitarian Award” for her work in the community out of the 88 countries that participated.

In 2016 Nicole was named Mrs. Illinois International and dedicated her year to breaking the stigmas that surround bullying. As a victim herself, of workplace bullying and harassment, she created a worldwide, multilingual campaign to raise awareness that #BullyingDoesNotDiscriminate. Through this campaign she also developed her own app “Kindness Crossing Borders” to further reach people universally. She won the “Overall Best Interview Award” out of 62 contestants from all over the world, also earning her a First Runner‐ Up finish for Mrs. International 2016. She was proud to have completed over 100 charitable appearances and days of service that year.

In 2015 Nicole created her nonprofit “Be Kind. Make a Difference” which is dedicated to inspiring kindness, inclusion and acceptance. After her daughter received a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis, this last March, her mission has never been more important to her. She truly believes that difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.

Nicole is the author of the blog “It’s Simple. Be Kind” (www.itssimplebekind.com) which to date, has had over 65,000 visitors from all over the world. She uses this blog to show that we can acknowledge the storms we undoubtedly encounter in life, but more importantly, we should choose to celebrate the rainbows.

Nicole has an extensive professional dance background having danced in the AFL and NBA for the Chicago Bulls from 2001‐2010. Through those experiences, she’s become comfortable serving as a spokesperson and ambassador for many international companies all over the nation. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Art History. She also has earned a degree in Science and Dental Hygiene from Kennedy King & University of Illinois at Chicago: College of Dentistry in 2011.

She has been a practicing hygienist in both specialties of pediatric dentistry, as well as periodontics for the last eight years.

Most recently, Nicole was featured in the book “Beyond the Interview: A 52 Week Guide of Inspiration,” as one of the top interviews of the year from The Whitney Reynolds Show. She also was named one of Chicago’s “Most Inspiring People” by Voyage Chicago Magazine. Nicole currently is a reporter for the Comcast show Community Connection. Together with her family, Dr. Christopher Zwiercan, her son Cristiano (5) and their daughter Ashlynn (2), she hopes to not only be a voice, but a light for families that are navigating through the storms of diagnosis… and to show that it’s OK to have a different kind of perfect.

Practically Painless Dentistry?

A group of dentists working together in a central location and offering all sorts of dental procedures, painlessly – that’s a modern invention, right? Wrong! Back at the turn of the last century, there were several dental groups that advertised “Painless Dentistry”.

False Advertising

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How painless were they? It’s hard to determine that now, but several made that claim. The first outfit I came across that advertised “…teeth extracted, filled or crowned without pain…” was the Boston Painless Dentists (shown at left), advertising, not in Boston, but way out in Seattle, Portland, and Tacoma in 1904. My first thought was that they were probably using cocaine, or some other now-banned drug to help with the pain. They did not reveal their pain-relief methods.

Then there was the Chicago Painless Dentists (shown below), again, not practicing in Chicago, but in Portland, Oregon. They claimed to extract teeth, “…WITHOUT PAIN. Nothing inhaled – no gas, no chloroform or ether – and above all, no cocaine…” That sounds good, doesn’t it? Possibly better than the Boston Painless Dentists.

A Fairy Tale You Say?

Moving East toward the middle of the United States, we run into the New York Painless Dentists (shown below). Why are all these groups of dentists named for Eastern towns? I don’t know; possibly because it made them sound more professional, being from “back East”. They apparently operated out of the Kansas area, although they also claimed to have offices in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Ft. Scott Daily Tribune, Ft. Scott, Kansas, June 14, 1911.

Again, they do not state what they do (or don’t do) that makes their dentistry painless, so we can only guess. If you read the testimonials, they apparently had many satisfied customers. If they used some mixture of alcohol or cocaine, I’m not surprised they had happy customers (and pain-free procedures!

Painless Romine — Man of Mystery

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The Menasha Record, Wisconsin, April 18, 1910.

One other dental group I identified in newspaper ads placed during the turn of the century was practicing painless dentistry in the Midwest — the Union Painless Dentists, fronted by a dentist by the name of Romine (sometimes misspelled “Romaine”). In the advertisements (one shown above), he is sometimes referred to as the Manager of the Union Painless Dentists.

While he may have started off as a real person, he eventually becomes a figurehead for the Union Painless Dentists. He is at first referred to as S.A. Romine, M.D.H.D, D.D.S., but after a few years, the advertisements I found simply refer to him as “Painless Romine”. I could not find any information regarding his dental degree, schooling, or town of origin. He claimed to make dentistry painless by way of drugs he had developed: Anzone, Man-No-Pain and Nox-U. Needless to say, the ads list no ingredients. They claim exclusivity to Union Painless Dentists and Dr. Romine.

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The Post Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin, June 4, 1910.

Setting Up Shop

The method for the Union Painless Dentists and various other dental groups, was to create a permanent office in one town, then travel to surrounding towns and set up shop in local hotels. The dentists would advertise to the public that they were available to treat patients for a limited time in the temporary location.

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Leoti Standard, Kansas, January 12, 1905.

It appears “Painless Romine” and the Union Painless Dentists continued until the early 1920s, or at least after that period ads were no longer in newspapers. By the 1920s, the Union Painless Dentists group was referred to as the Union Dental Company and they advertised “practically painless” dentistry, not completely painless dentistry. Perhaps their remedies weren’t so effective, after all.

“Painless Romine” had the last laugh, though, as this little newspaper blurb states.

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The Salina Daily Union, Kansas, March 19, 1920.

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

Dentists: Let’s celebrate #NationalTellAJokeDay

Jokes are one of the most classic ice breakers, mood lifters, and laugh inducers of all time – especially in the dental office.

So, it’s not a surprise that jokes have their own national day dedicated to all of the joy and giggles they bring about.

August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day, and it’s time to celebrate.

Jokes can be used in virtually any situation, considering there are infinite jokes about infinite things that relate to infinite situations, including dentistry.

Jokes can be the perfect antidote for nervous patients who may not enjoy trips to the dentist.

By lightening the mood and lessening the tension, telling simple, funny dental jokes may be the perfect way to ensure that all patients have enjoyable and low-stress visits.

Here are a few jokes to entertain any patient in your dental office:

  • What did the judge say to the dentist?
    Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth?
  • What do you call a dentist’s advice?
    His “fl-ossophy”
  • What does a member of the marching band use to brush his teeth?
    A tuba toothpaste
  • What’s a dentist’s favorite time of day?
    Tooth-thirty
  • What will a dentist give you for one dollar?
    Buck teeth
  • What’s a dentist’s favorite dance move?
    The floss

Additional benefits

Apart from making dentist visits more enjoyable for some patients, jokes also offer several other benefits related to laughter, such as:

  • Health benefits:
    • Increases production of infection fighting antibodies
    • Improves blood circulation
    • Increases production of endorphins
    •  Reduces stress
    • Soothes tension

Make sure to celebrate #NationalTellAJokeDay and make someone laugh! Let us know your favorite dentistry jokes if we missed them, too!