Which cabinetry do you need for your dental office?

Cabinetry is more than simple storage. A few factors to consider when selecting for your dental office: Accessibility to essential dental equipment and supplies. Pleasant esthetics. Customization. Price. Versatility. Complete solutions.

No two dental offices or operatories are alike, and cabinetry is designed for every preference. Upgrading a dental practice? Planning new construction?Options are available based on space and budget and every need.

Let’s Start with Storage

The most important feature and primary function of cabinetry is storage. One example of this is Belmont’s Flex Series, which is designed with an efficient, well-organized treatment room in mind. The cabinet enables dentists and assistants to easily access supplies and equipment without having to leave the dental stool. The series comes in three designs:

Flex Series Rear Cabinet

This cabinet rests behind the dental chair and enables a dentist and dental team to work cooperatively and ergonomically. It features a mid-shelf section option with six cubbies, a four-way sliding countertop (left-right/in-out) and a mobile cart option that rests underneath the counter and provides multiple, easily accessible drawers.

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Belmont Flex Series Rear Cabinet. (Courtesy takarabelmont.com)

The Flex Series Doctor Cabinet

Explicitly designed for dentists, this cabinet features ample storage with stainless steel handles beneath a knee-activated faucet. An adjustable end storage shelf offers easy accessibility. Lastly, the cabinet provides an alcove for side-mounted delivery systems.

The Flex Series Assistant Cabinet

The assistant cabinet offers the most storage with a compact, space-saving design. What’s inside: a barrier drawer, a unique multilevel system that provides impressive capacity. Tip-out bins offer access to frequently used items like cotton balls, masks and syringe needles.

Small Space? Big wins.

At a premium for all dentists is space, especially in the operatory. That’s why Modular Custom Cabinets (MCC) manufactures lines specifically for small areas.

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MCC Perfect Fit Side Cabinets. Model PFS420. (Courtesy mccdental.com)

MCC’s PFS420 Perfect Fit Side Cabinet will enhance the work environment by providing space and curative ergonomics. MCC offers these benefits for this model and others:

  • Solid Surface or Ceaserstone® Tops, one of the nation’s leading Quartz countertop manufacturers, provides a non-porous work surface.
  • Additional Space. Each Cabinet can be customized to include extra drawers, equipment bays and other storage needs.
  • All MCC hardware and plumbing fixtures included.
  • Optional European high-gloss brilliance finish protects cabinet from stains and scratches.

Value Pricing to Fit Any Budget.

DCI offers solutions to match your budget. This leading manufacturer  provides premium features and customization that cost significantly less than others.

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DCI Series 5 12 o’clock. 

The 12 o’clock cabinet shown above is one product from DCI’s Series 5. Features of the sterilized cabinets include ergonomic delivery systems. Here’s what else the DCI Series 5 offers:

  • Sturdy, efficient platform for dental team
  • Hidden water system and CPU storage
  • USB and electrical outlets
  • Clock module
  • Integrated controls and touchpad
  • Heavy-duty, flexible arm with work surface

Ready to Customize? ILS awaits.

Cabinetry can be customized to match the workflow of any treatment room and Integrated Laminate Systems (ILS) has solutions. Their Radiance Series Cabinets can be personalized based on a doctor’s design criteria. Auxiliary equipment can be placed in a variety of locations to enhance work performance. ILS engineers can assist in designing the size and shape of cabinets to meet every need.

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Integrated Laminate Systems’ Radiance Cabinetry

The series comes in the 12 o’clock, as shown above, and also as an Island Module that can replace a wall between two treatment rooms. Not only does ILS give full control of a design, but their Radiance Series offers beautiful features:

  • LED illuminated frame front windows
  • Curved cabinet mid-section and side panels for a modern design
  • Laminate selections from Wilson Art®, Formica®, or Nevamar®, among others
  • Lumicor Insert Selections offer a light transparent resin available in a wide range of choices to personalize the upper cabinets.
  • Matches Pelton & Crane finish colors

One-stop-shop? Midmark offers complete solutions.

If you’re looking for convenience, Midmark is a one-stop-shop. This Ohio-based global corporation creates cabinetry, and also manufactures dental equipment like chairs, lighting and imaging systems. Every item in the photo shown below was manufactured by Midmark.

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Midmark operatory featuring Synthesis Cabinetry.

Midmark’s Synthesis Cabinetry plays a critical role in a dental practice by enabling professionals to provide better care for patients. Much of their equipment matches and complements the tools and appliances they manufacture, which is especially convenient for those who own Midmark products. The Synthesis Cabinetry Line offers attributes that can accentuate a workday:

  • Exceptional strength and durability, 45-pound LEED®IEQ-compliant MDF Board
  • 18-gauge steel frame
  • Innovative panel and handle designs will add sophistication to your practice
  • Deep drawer construction
  • No locks; keyed or keyless lock options

Herman Miller helps navigate change with versatility.

HermanMiller builds versatile, stylish cabinets you can use anywhere– from operatory to reception area. A manufacturer of classic and influential 20th-century furniture for homes and medical facilities delivers  sophisticated, modern furniture to the dental arena. Their Compass System helps navigate change in dynamic environments.

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Herman Miller Compass Cabinetry.

A modular system of interchangeable components, Compass Cabinetry allows users to remove the cabinets, without demolition, to enable upgrades, additions or relocation. The cabinetry can shift space within a practice or to a new location. The Compass System was designed for healthcare and brings these characteristics to the operatory:

  • Durawrap surfaces that consist of 99.9% PVC-free material and provides a seamless, clean and durable surface.
  • Infection prevention. Shingled seam between tiles prevents spills from seeping into gaps.
  • Incorporation of traditional and modern designs.
  • Intelligent infrastructure. Utility bay provides space for operatory wiring.
  • Long-term value.  Modular design prevents the need for demolition. Module panels allow for easy swap of single tiles or entire walls.

Ready to take the best first step?

Choosing cabinetry that’s right for a dental practice might seem daunting,  but speaking with an industry expert is the best first step. The Benco Dental team includes knowledgable Equipment Specialists and CenterPoint Designers who are ready to assist. Call 1.800.GOBENCO for details, or contact your Friendly Benco Rep.

Have We Become Sweeter Over Time?

sugar_graphThink about this statistic: in 1900, Americans consumed 90 pounds of sugar per year. By 2008, that number had doubled to 180 pounds per year. The US ranks as having the highest average daily sugar consumption per person. What has happened to our eating habits since 1900?

Hop in the Wayback Machine

Did they just not have accessibility to sugar in the old days? No, sugar has always been around, mostly in the form of honey or maple syrup. Ancient peoples in countries in the Middle East also learned to develop it from cane stalks. This process eventually worked its way to the West Indies. By the 18th century, the majority of sugar for export was produced in the Caribbean, to be sent to American and England.

But Didn’t We Make Sugar Here?

Didn’t we have sugar plantations here? Sure, but due to the relatively short growing season in the American south, US sugar consumption has always relied on substantial imports. In the decade preceding the Civil War, sugar cane producers in the South supplied only about 1/3 of America’s consumption and the cost of sugar fluctuated periodically. Producing sugar was a labor-intensive operation.

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Still, with the majority of sugar production coming from the West Indies, and with cheap labor and improvements in mechanization, the cost of sugar over time during the 19th century became more affordable. This was reflected in the change in American diets by the middle of the 19th century. Americans began eating more jams, candy, cocoa, and other sweetened foods.

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People in the 19th century are not that far removed from us, in their likes and dislikes. In 1857, The Ohio Journal of Education, Volume 6, described an “Object Lesson” where the children were invited to list “things to be seen”. The results were listed by the teacher on the blackboard. Among the items listed were different types of foods, like meats, pies, and of course, candy. They were children, after all. This gives us a convenient list of candy that children of the mid-19th century liked. And there were many. Among them:

Pop-corn, peppermint, cream, molasses, rose, nut, clove, butterscotch, sugar plums, lemon drops, French kisses, cinnamon, wintergreen, sour drops, hoarhound, gum drops, lavender…

More candy…

As the century wore on, mechanization of candy production and sugar-making improved and sugar became cheaper and more readily available. This meant more candy and sweet stuff available and being consumed by the public. Sugar and candy were presented as pure and good for you.

Is this healthy?

By the 1970s, high fructose corn syrup was introduced into the US food industry and soon became prevalent in many foods, even those that don’t seem to require sweetener, like salad dressings and frozen pizza. High fructose corn syrup is cheap to produce and mimics sugar in its taste and function. Consumption of fructose has climbed steadily since the 1970s, from 37 grams per day to 62.5 grams per day in the early 2000s. This is the start of the “hidden sugar” in American processed food. But is all this sugar entirely healthy? The messaging the American public has been getting regarding our diet since the 1970s has been that fat is bad and sugar is, if not exactly good for us, certainly not bad for us. But is that entirely true…

Enter a Dental Crusader

It seems the Sugar Research Foundation, the sugar lobby that is extremely active in Washington politics, working on behalf of the sugar industry, “has worked to influence the types of research questions that our federal agencies pursue, withheld important knowledge about how our bodies metabolize sugar and skewed research to exonerate their product.” This from Dr. Cristin Kearns in the summer, 2019 Incisal Edge magazine. Dr. Kearns sees herself as a dentist-turned-journalist/crusader. She is featured in the summer issue of Incisal Edge magazine, produced by Benco Dental, where she explains that she was a dentist and director of a public health clinic in Denver. She is now at USCF, working to uncover the truth about how harmful sugar can be for our teeth and our diet.

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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.

Does the design at your dental practice have ‘wow’ factor?

Colorado Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (CoMax) in Colorado Springs, Colorado (shown) certainly does, and it officially earned proof of that last year as the 2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Specialty Practice.

Read the full story here: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/the-2019-incisal-edge-design-competition/

Enter and find out what the judges think.

 The 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a seventh straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation in dental practice design. There are three categories for Existing Dental practices and one for Design of the Future. Each year, a panel of judges with expertise in interior design, architecture, dentistry — (or all three areas like Dr. Tristan Hamilton, shown above) — reviews nominations and selects the winners.

Enter today: http://www.iedesigncontest.com/2020-entry-forms/

Aeron Chair, Carbon, Adjustable PostureFit SL

You can win a prize for your dental office, too.

A Herman Miller Aeron Chair is one of the grand prizes in the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Contest. Three Existing Dental Practices will earn an Aeron along with a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue.

Enter today: http://www.iedesigncontest.com/2020-entry-forms/

Consider 1 of 3 Categories for Existing Dental Practices

 1. SPECIALTY PRACTICE (Best new, remodeled or expanded facility)

 2. NEW CONSTRUCTION (Best new facility designed from ground up)

 3. REPURPOSED PRACTICE (Best complete makeover or remodel of a existing facility)

Who can enter?

 Dental professional, architects, and interior designers.

What can you win?

• a professional photo session for your dental practice

• a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring, 2020 issue

• framed display of your winning entry as featured in the magazine

• “Incisal Edge Design Competition Winner” seal to be used for marketing purposes

• Herman Miller Aeron chair valued at $1610.00, List Price

What are you waiting for? Get started with your entry today.

Enter today: http://www.iedesigncontest.com/2020-entry-forms/

It’s Thursday and Benco’s got #6NeatThings you should know about

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

Benco Dental is #drivingdentistryforward with the newest and coolest technology doctors need in the form of its #SixNeatThings promotion.

Minimize waste and optimize price-effectiveness with Ivoclar Vivadent’s Adhese Universal.

Click and Bond! Universal adhesion arrives in an advanced delivery form.

Adhese Universal is a single-component, light-cured universal adhesive for direct and indirect bonding procedures that features compatibility with all etching techniques.

The Adhese Universal from Ivoclar Vivadent.

Adhese Universal is beneficial because it has high-bond strength and virtually no sensitivity. It’s also available in a traditional bottle, as well as a unique VivaPen delivery. 

The VivaPen offers advantages such as: 

  • Fast and convenient direct intra-oral application 
  • Lowest cost per application
    • Offers 190 single-tooth applicators 
  • 67% less material waste, compared to a conventional bottle 

Those interested in the Adhese Universal can read more about it here.

Dress your whole office staff in style with garments from Benco Brands 

Benco offers a variety of different garments to suit every need of your office: 

  • Benco Dental Premium Lab Coats 
  • Benco Dental Lab Coats 
  • ValuLine Lab Jackets 
  • Benco Dental Premium Isolation Gowns 
  • Benco Dental Isolation Gowns 
  • ValuLine Isolation Gowns 

Maxmize your comfort and keep your staff and your patients safe from cross-contamination with any of the garments offered by Benco Dental.

Click here to read more information on the garments. 

Get excellent material quality and outstanding processing characteristics for fast milling and polishing with the VITA SUPRINITY PC zirconia-reinforced block. 

The VITA SUPRINITY PC offers several benefits:

  • Partially crystalized 
  • Offers a fine grain 
  • Has high-accuracy share reproduction 
  • Has the strength of 541 MPa
VITA SUPRINITY PC 3 block options: A1-T, A2-T, A3-T.

The VITA SUPRINITY PC is even designed for minimal wall thickness which means it can be milled with very thin edges all while preventing any chipping.

When dealing with things like posterior and anterior crowns or veneers, don’t settle for anything less than the VITA SUPRINITY PC.

Learn more about the VITA SUPRINITY PC by clicking here

Never deal with accidental spillage again with Vista Dental Products’ Dripless Syringe 

When doing Endo irrigation procedures, protect you and your patients from the risk of bleach stains, damage to skin, eyes and oral mucosa. Costs no more than a standard syringe.

The pre-tipped syringes increase efficiency and lower costs from waste. 

The Dripless Syringe offered by Vista Dental Products.

The Dripless Syringe comes with several benefits: 

  • Reduced risk of bleach stains 
  • Reduced risk of skin irritation 
  • Reduced risk of damage to the eyes and oral mucosa 

The Dripless Syringe comes with 27ga side-vented needles that are tipped with the Appli-Vac Irrigating Tips, all while costing no more than a standard irrigating syringe. 

To learn more about Vista Dental Products’ Dripless Syringe, click here

Help your patients keep periodontal disease at bay with the Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel.

Fight bacteria in the pocket. Control and reverse early-to-late stages of periodontal disease. Perio Restore provides significant reduction of bacteria

The cleansing gel is a 1.7% hydrogen peroxide formula with mint flavor that helps reduces the effects of the disease when used in conjunction with personalized perio treatment trays between each dental visit. 

The Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel by DenMat.

The Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel can be used by a variety of patients: 

  • Those who have inconsistent homecare routines 
  • Those suffering from any stage of gum disease 
  • Those with extensive rotations like crowns, bridges or bonding 
  • Those who are high-risk during advanced medical treatments 

Click here to learn more about the Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM 4 air polisher makes daily prophylaxis treatments easier, quicker and more thorough.

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM offers a seemless design that allows for disassembly, cleansing, disinfection, and the sterilization of the device to ensure the best possible infection control for patients. 

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM 4 is offered in a variety of colors.

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM 4 also offers several key benefits: 

  • Highly precise powder jet offers less powder mist
  • Narrow canal shape offers improved visibility during supragingival cleaning 
  • 360° rotation grip sleeve offers access to hard-to-reach spots 
  • Adjustable lengths for the handpiece offer the perfect fit for you 

Learn more about the KaVo PROPHYflexTM here

Celebrate the art of dental invention with the Edison Awards

Celebrate a savings of $300 if you nominate your dental innovation by the 2019 Edison Awards™ early bird nomination deadline on October 18. Nominate today: https://edisonawards.com/

The Edison Best New Product Awards™ is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. Past winners have included Fortune 500s, small startups, and everything in between.

Companies and dental professionals who’ve recently launched outstanding innovations are invited to apply by November 22, 2019, but can save $300 on the entry fee by nominating next week.

Need some encouragement?

Meet some previous honorees in dentistry. Edison Award-winning dental innovators at the Gold, Silver and Bronze have included:

2015: Vatech, 3M, 3D Systems, Aribex, Convergent Dental, Kerr Endodontics, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, NSK, Molar Media Mount, Benco Dental, and Inventionstring.

2016: Solea ®  by Convergent Dental, Multi-Axis Spiral Suction by Ghost Mfg, Oral B Pro 5000 with Bluetooth by Procter & Gamble, Dr. Kim’s Shadowless Headlamp by DrKimUSA.com

2017: ECO Balance by GLO Science™, Inc., Throat Scope® by Holland Healthcare Inc. and 3M™ Mobile True Definition Scanner by 3M.

2018: Senior Mobile Dental, The Periogen Company, Akervall Technologies Inc., Carestream Dental and St. Renatus, LLC.

2019: Invisalign Treatment with mandibular advancement by Align Technology, Bond Apatite® by Augma Biomaterials®, Airway Armor™ by Zirc Dental Products Inc., Goccles® by Pierrel Pharma S.r.L., CS 9600 cone beam computed tomography system by Carestream Dental.

Ready to nominate

https://edisonawards.com/

Dr. Lavasani Shares Her Dentistry Philosophy

Dr. Setareh Lavasani has been dubbed the “Queen of Radiology” and “The Selfie Queen,” by her students and colleagues. Events in her life, though, were not always ones to smile about.

The 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree recently spoke with TheDailyFloss.com about her early career and the battle she raged with life-threatening illnesses in her 20s. The selfie-slinging (shown above, at far left), chihuahua-loving board-certified radiologist discussed how she persevered to become the professional she is today. 

Shown in NYC at the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session, clockwise from bottom left: Drs. Setareh Lavasani, Valerie Okehie, Corey Brick, Jeffrey T. Moon and Rebecca Pounds.
Courtesy Incisal Edge/Macrae Marran

The Pomona, California Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist comes from a long line of dentists; as she says, “[It] runs in my family.” Her sister is an endodontist, her cousins and aunt, dentists. Dr. Lavasani jokes, “We have a mini dental convention of our own when we get together!”

Originally from Iran, she attended Ajman University of Science and Technology, earning her a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Her education did not stop there.

Dr. Lavasani moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend a radiology residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. There she would be given the most critical test of her life to date. She was diagnosed with breast cancer as soon as she received her admission to the radiology residency, a disease that affects 3.5 million people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This caused an interruption in her studies, but she did not give up.

After her treatments, Dr. Lavasani returned to her studies in San Antonio. Within a year, she was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, a progressive and rare illness. Leukemias are cancers that start in cells, typically in bone marrow, and then quickly spread to other parts of the body, according to the American Cancer Society.

Thanks to the generosity of a donor, Dr. Lavasani received a life-saving bone marrow transplant, beating the 4 out of 5 mortality rate, and giving her a second chance at attaining her dreams. She had battled — and won — a fight for her life on two occasions.

Earlier this year, Dr. Setareh Lavasani celebrated her 10th cancer-free year.

“I learned to never lose hope and always try to look on the bright side, even when there is barely a single ray of light,” she said.

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Determined not to let her health lower her spirits, Dr. Lavasani continued her radiology studies in San Antonio and graduated with a certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology and a Master’s in Dental Diagnostic Sciences. 

“I saw firsthand that the generous donation of a bone marrow saved my life, so I promised myself to focus on this cause (dentistry) and hopefully make a difference. I learned that this is what real life is about! I also realized that our time is so short, so I try to say more ‘thank yous’ and more ‘I love yous’ to people who matter to me and have shown me unconditional support all along.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Dr. Lavasani received most of her support from her parents, family members and close friends who inspired her during treatment in school and throughout her career. Her mother was a star role model who raised two kids, earned a Ph.D. and became a well-known editor-in-chief in Iran.

Today, Dr. Lavasani is an associate professor and the Director of Oral Radiology & Advanced Imaging at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California.

Often, she travels for speaking engagements. Dr. Lavasani is an internationally recognized lecturer. She frequently speaks at California Dental Association (CDA), UCLA School of Dentistry Advanced Education in General Dentistry program and the American and International Academies of Oral Radiology. She is a fellow and speaker for the southern California Oral Pathology Society and the Global Dental Implant Academy (FGDIA).

Though amid her prestigious positions, she takes particular pride in her role as the “The Selfie Queen.” She smiles for her past, present and future. Now, she takes the philosophy gained through her experiences and expresses it with every student she meets.

“I find that I’m happiest when I’m teaching and sharing ideas with students and fellow colleagues. So, inside and outside of school, I try to focus and grow.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani
At the Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) USA symposium 2018, Dr. Setareh Lavasani presented, received the exclusive #GDIA fellowship recognition, and won the first place prize for scientific poster presentation. (Photo courtesy Dr. Setareh Lavasani)

Dr. Lavasani is at a pinnacle of her career, ascending from the uncertainty of disease she fought. She teaches and encourages future dentists while following and sharing her virtue:

“Give back in any way you can and as small or large as you can. I think each of us, in one way or another, have a cause that is close to our hearts for any personal reason. I think giving in any way that is possible makes a huge difference in our sense of happiness and fulfillment.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Heed some 200-year-old advice: Floss your teeth!

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A dispenser of Champion floss in the Benco Dental museum.

A large, heavy glass dispenser, filled with dental floss, is featured at the Benco Dental museum in Northeast Pennsylvania.  This “Champion” dental floss dispenser, from Johnson & Johnson, circa early 1900s, is much different from the lightweight, small floss dispensers we use today.  It has more in common with a paperweight. Still, the floss featured inside is not unfamiliar to people today.
When did flossing between teeth emerge as a health and hygiene practice? Turns out, dentists have been telling patients to floss since the early 19th century!

Quacks in the Profession

Floss came about due to the lack of professionalism in dentistry. Back in the early 19th century, the job of a dentist was not taken seriously. Most dentists of the time were little more than quacks. A Baltimore dentist in 1826 bemoaned this lack of respect in his book, Principles of Surgery:

This unsettled and vague state of practical Dental Surgery, not only exposes the profession and the unwary public to the errors of the dentist, but it also leaves the greatest opening for the most impudent and ignorant pretenders to assume a profession, which they utterly disgrace.… It is a well-known fact that there are quacks in every professions, and in every country; but it cannot be denied that they most particularly abound in the United States of America and England.

Dentists at that time didn’t know enough about how to prevent or treat tooth decay. They didn’t even know what caused it. One man was determined to improve the standing of dentists by learning all he could, and finding ways to help people keep their teeth intact. His name: Levi Spear Parmly. Born in Braintree, Vermont in 1790, he was a practicing dentist in New Orleans by 1818.

Slow Progress

Dr. Parmly stated he blamed the “slow progress of the dental sciences” for society’s lack of respect for dentistry. Parmly’s prescription for progress: “A great improvement of this department of surgery, will depend on pointing out to society the importance of preventing diseases of the teeth.”

Parmly vaguely suggested an institution for this kind of training and education, but nothing came of it. He decided to remedy his own deficiencies by heading to London in 1819, to learn all he could about dentistry. When he returned to America, he knew all there was to know at that time. He set up in New York and became one of the era’s most respected dentists. He believed that cavities were caused by foreign matter on the teeth and the best way to combat them was to keep the teeth very clean. He introduced flossing as the best way to prevent dental disease. It would take another 100 years for the idea to catch on.

In childhood, before the loss of the temporary teeth, the mouth should be regularly cleaned every evening,…the brush should at first be but gently applied, and then particular care taken to pass the waxed silk in the interstices, and round the necks of the teeth, where lodgements of the food (the causes of disease) are usually formed.

From Dr. Parmly’s book, A Practical Guide to the Management of the Teeth (1819).

Champion Floss to the Rescue!

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An ad for dental floss from 1945.

Despite advocating waxed silk to floss between teeth, evidence suggests that few people took up Dr. Parmly on his advice, as there was no commercial floss in the early 19th century.

*  In the early 1900s, Johnson & Johnson had entered the scene with their sterile waxed silk, Champion Floss, which was distributed in small, sterile tubes.
*By the early 1930s, floss was advertised in many major newspapers  throughout the U.S.
* By the 1940s, when silk became scarce due to the war effort, nylon was substituted and the rest is dental history.

Dr. Parmly was right all along:

Flossing is the best way to remove decay-causing food particles from your teeth. So whether you use old-fashioned waxed nylon floss, or Benco’s newest teeth-cleaning tool, the PRO-SYS® JetFloss, floss your teeth! Your mouth will thank you.

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Benco Dental’s newest tool for fighting tooth decay – the PRO-SYS Jet Floss.

About the Blogger

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.

Benco remembers dedication and talent of longtime associates

In 1930 when Ben Cohen set out to establish a business in Pennsylvania, he traveled by train, delivering supplies his dental customers needed to improve the health of their patients. He realized that continued growth of his solo venture depended on enlisting the talents and dedication of others and he selected those trusted few with care.

Joanne Minichowski, wife of the late Tony Minichowski, and Ned Sarf, brother-in-law of Joanne, visit Benco Dental for a September 26 Remembrance Day.

Tony Minichowski, who started at Benco in 1941, was one of them. 

Last week at a Remembrance Day ceremony at Benco’s home office, Larry Cohen, who built the company alongside his father Ben, paid tribute to Tony, and to four other longtime associates who have died.

“Tony began his career making deliveries, working his way up to Branch Manager and later Vice President and General Manager. He was my right- hand man and probably one of the main reasons we survived those tumultuous early years.”

Larry Cohen, Benco Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate

As a young boy on summer breaks from school, Larry visited customers on the road by Ben’s side and learned firsthand the importance of relationships. Larry also worked at the first Benco office, alongside those associates, Tony among them. They delivered a unique customer experience. They established trust — and in many cases lifelong friendships. This was the birth of the Benco Difference.

Last week at a Remembrance Day ceremony at Benco’s home office, Larry Cohen, who built the company alongside his father Ben Cohen, paid tribute to Tony, and to four other longtime associates who have died.

“Tony loved his colleagues and truly enjoyed going to work every day, which was apparent as he did not retire until he was 80,” said Larry, recalling Tony’s 64 years with the company.

Sandy Thiel, Sally Cohen, Larry Cohen and Joanne Minichowski at a September 26 Remembrance Day hosted at Benco Dental. Among associate honored were the late Jim Thiel and Tony Minichowski, who dedicated a combined 94 years to the company.

“I have often said Tony was the best thing my father, Ben, left me and that comment is true today. I am not sure Benco would be where we are today without Tony. He was the key ingredient in Benco’s history and growth; he will be remembered with affection and appreciation.”

Larry Cohen, speaking about 64-year Benco associate Tony Minichowski

A 15-minute conversation led to 32 years of technical mastery

“I hired Jim Thiel within 15 minutes of meeting him and never regretted it,” said Larry, of the late master technician who dedicated 32 years to Benco Dental. 

The late Jim Thiel dedicated 32 years to Benco Dental.

Larry shared the story of the day he interviewed Thiel for a position at Benco and the years that followed.

“A dental assistant for one of our Scranton customers kept telling us we should hire her husband, who was working as a muffler installer. That was Jim. At that time we were expanding into Philly and soon after his training he moved there to become our first technician in that market. He became so popular that we won customers because of his mechanical and technical skills.”

The late Steve Zang joined the Benco family in August, 1997 as a Friendly Benco Rep and shared 30 years of dental industry knowledge in the company’s Ohio Valley region. Steve honorably served in the U.S. Army and Reserves for 27 years, including tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm.

Eric Cooney, Regional Manager describes Steve as “very proud of his family, military service and being part of the Benco Dental sales force…. All of Ohio Valley misses Steve’s quirky sense of humor and warm heart.”

In 2005, Bill Macintosh joined the Benco family as an Equipment Support Technician in the Blue Ridge region. Chuck Puckett, Blue Ridge Equipment Support Manager in the region shared his team’s sentiments about his late colleague:

“Bill was a good friend, an excellent technician and a teammate who you could count on. Always willing to lend a hand, he was also there with a kind word to pick you up when you needed it. He will be missed.”

The late Andrew Fant was a member of the Benco family for more than 10 years. 

“Andrew was a loving stepfather, a musically-gifted pianist and talented woodworker. He was a thoughtful man who always looked out for his team,” said Carolinas region Equipment Support Manager Mike Whitlock.

Women in dentistry unite in Chicago this week at event hosted by Lucy Hobbs Project, Cameo Dental Specialists

On October 3-5 at The Blackstone, Benco Dental’s annual celebration honors 6 exemplary women, features 9 inspirational speakers and supports Let It Be Us.

This week in Chicago, The Lucy Hobbs Project, in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists, will celebrate six outstanding women in dentistry. On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Celebration named in tribute to Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. Last minute registration is still open. Click here.

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates women’s achievements in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh, Branding and Communications Manager for Benco Dental. “Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practices and themselves.”

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, three Continuing Education credits, and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members — and all women in dentistry — to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work”.  Seven outstanding women in dentistry — Dr. Vladana Babcic Tal, Dr. Carrie Etheredge, Amanda Frankini, RDH, Dr. Julie Arabia, Dr. Sheila Farahani, Dr. Betsy Carmack, and Nicole Zwiercan, RDH — will share their insights as panelists. Activities throughout will support Let It Be Us, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care.

As a high point, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession:

  • Industry Icon Award, Linda Miles, CSP, CMC, Speaker, Consultant, Author, AskLindaMiles.com, Estero, Florida
  • Clinical Expert Award, Deborah V. George, DDS, Executive Vice President and Chief Dental OfficerJessie Trice Community Health System, Miami, Florida
  • Humanitarian Award, Tesa Jolly, DDSDr. Tesa Jolly Family Dentistry, Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Innovator Award, Cathy J. Grinham, RDHPublic Health Dental Hygienist, Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts, Assonet, Massachusetts
  • Mentor Award, Carole Ann Palmer, Ed.D., RD, LDNTufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Woman to Watch Award, Charmaine Ng, DMDHealthright360, San Francisco, California

Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

Upcoming at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket price:

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional art tours at the hotel
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: AnelodyTice, LMP, CCST will lead a Gyrokinesis session followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us.

There is still time to register. Click here.

To attend the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, host a regional event, or take part in a Lucy Hobbs Project YOU event at a dental school, contact Event Coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or ariviello@benco.com.

Free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project invites women in dentistry to use their voices as a force for change. To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.lucyhobbscelebration.com