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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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 Officer, Jessie Trice Community Health System, Miami, Florida
Humanitarian Award, Tesa Jolly, DDS, Dr. Tesa Jolly Family Dentistry, Pulaski, Tennessee
Innovator Award, Cathy J. Grinham, RDH, Public Health Dental Hygienist, Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts, Assonet, Massachusetts
Mentor Award, Carole Ann Palmer, Ed.D., RD, LDN, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Woman to Watch Award, Charmaine Ng, DMD, Healthright360, 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.
at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket
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.
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 email@example.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
Lindsay Pross is one of only 17 event professionals in the United States to earn Planner of the Year recognition from Smart Meetings. As Benco Dental’s Events Department Supervisor, Pross (shown on Smart Meetings magazine cover, top left) oversees internal sales trainings, incentive trips, award shows, customer-facing seminars and trade shows for the nation’s largest independent dental distributor.
Smart Meetings’ annual Planner of the Year Awards recognize event professionals who are leading the way with innovative, transformational programming. They are role models and pioneers in the industry, creating value for their companies and elevating the experience for attendees. Read the complete story: SmartMeetings.com
“We’re grateful to have talented, impactful leaders like Lindsay on our team, and deeply proud to see her efforts recognized alongside fellow professionals at innovative companies like Cisco, Autodesk and Sisense.”
Terry J. Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental
Pross joined the Benco team in 2014, bringing more than a decade of corporate event planning to her role. Within three years, she was elevated to department head. Pross plans more than 25 events per year for the company, ranging in size from 20 attendees to 900.
About Benco Dental
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-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 focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. 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.
About Smart Meetings
Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. Providing best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars and offers myriad digital resources.
This year, as of 3 a.m. on Friday, July 26, over 250 people were already lined up outside PPG Paints Arena – the city’s downtown hockey arena. A few hours later at 6 a.m., the 2019 Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh Free Dental Clinic opened its doors to the community.
In the two days that followed, 1,302 patients received hope and healing at the hands of 1,469 care providers. The clinic provides services at no charge to adults and children age 2 and up; there are no income or eligibility requirements. Patients – many from working families – attend because they lack dental insurance or access to dental care.
A solution born out of need
The idea for establishing an annual dental care event in Pittsburgh was born out of conversations between Dr. Daniel Pituch; Dr. Richard M. Celko; and Michael Zamagias, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh-based healthcare technology company TeleTracking, Inc., who together saw the need in the community to provide this service on an annual basis.
In 2017 it came to fruition in the form of Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh, a free, two-day dental clinic, presented by A Call to Care, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
‘No patient is turned away due to lack of capacity’
What keeps it rolling? The entire event is run and staffed by volunteers.
The costs of presenting (PPG Paints Arena rental, materials, dental equipment, supplies, and more) are made possible by the generosity of dedicated partners, sponsors and funders, according to Kayleigh Fontana, Marketing Campaign Manager for TeleTracking.
“The clinic has grown each year, increasing the number of dental chairs (from 50 chairs in 2017 to 100 chairs in 2019) and volunteers each year to meet the need. No patient is turned away due to lack of capacity.”
Kayleigh Fontana, Marketing Campaign Manager for TeleTracking.
How does it make a difference?
By establishing this clinic as an annual event, Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh makes it possible for individuals with limited access to dental care to see a dental professional at least once a year.
Services provided include: * full dental exam, * X-rays, * cleanings, * minor restorative fillings, * extractions, * root canal treatments on select teeth, * oral hygiene instruction, and * temporary partial dental appliances
Data gathered from a survey of Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh patients in 2018 revealed that 45 percent of patients who attended the clinic had experienced dental pain for more than a year, and 25 percent reported visiting the emergency department for dental pain.
Research shows that poor oral health has a significant impact on overall health, including premature birth and an increased risk of cancer. The bacteria present in oral infections has been found to contribute to the risk for heart disease and stroke. Studies have found that having damaged, broken or missing teeth impacts an individual’s sense of confidence, well-being, and employability, as well as earning power.
Want to participate in 2020?
For news on the 2020 Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh dental clinic, and opportunities to volunteer next year, follow Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MOMPGH/ and Twitter @MOM_PGH.
This fall, the Lucy Hobbs Project will host its 7th annual Celebration honoring women in dentistry. The event, hosted in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists on October 3-5, 2019 at The Blackstone, Chicago will feature a lineup of inspirational and insightful guest speakers and panelists in line with the theme, Mind+Body+Spirit and close with a give back session to benefit the nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. (Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/ )
Expect to be wowed.
Each year, though, the Celebration’s high point cannot be matched by any of these spectacular speakers and events. When The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards are presented to six indomitable women who are reshaping the profession of dentistry, awe-inspiring moments ensue.
As the applause dies down and each person is introduced, those in attendance have an opportunity to view the change one person can affect in the world. This year, one of those changemakers is Charmaine Ng, DMD, recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award.
Ready to be inspired by Charmaine Ng, DMD?
Most of Dr. Charmaine Ng’s patients are experiencing homelessness or struggling with other barriers to quality healthcare; she aims to restore tooth function and self-confidence through dentistry, while providing integrated care.
To meet the needs of the underserved in her community, Dr. Ng created a dental program, HealthRIGHT360, in San Francisco, California. As the Founding Dental Director, she developed a whole body, integrated care approach that utilized the dental, medical, medical assisted therapy (MAT), and behavioral health services on site after early years dedicated to volunteerism.
What fueled her passion for giving back?
As an undergraduate student at University of California San Diego, Charmaine Ng dedicated her efforts with a student-run free dental clinic, and this passion for service led her to A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health to pursue a career in dentistry. Inspired by her educational experience, she continued to serve on the School’s alumni board for six years after graduation.
By engaging in local community health committees and the San Francisco Dental Society, she gathered data and assessed the needs of the community to expand HealthRIGHT360’s clinical site and also the scope of the practice to children who have limited access to dental care.
Dr. Ng is an American College of Dentists’ Fellow 2019
The nation’s largest independent dental distributor aligns with Utah-based leader in the industry known for top software used to track, analyze, manage and grow dental practices.
Intelligence, a leader in helping dental practices use actionable data to
improve patient care, team collaboration, and practice profitability, aligns
with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor. Their shared
goal: helping all dentists in the United States grow in ways that are important
to them and their patients.
“All of us at Dental Intelligence are thrilled with this opportunity to be aligned with a dynamic organization like Benco. We love how focused they are on addressing and resolving the many unique challenges faced by the dental industry today.”
Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.
“Our company has a single vision: To help dental practices to do more and even better dentistry, more efficiently. Everything we do revolves around this purpose – and we’re passionate about succeeding. Benco’s commitment to helping the practices they work with achieve greater success makes them an ideal partner for Dental Intelligence. We’re so excited to work together,” says Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.
Grove, Utah-based company connects to a doctor’s Practice Management Software,
then analyzes instantly, automates, finds opportunities, and communicates. Dental
Intelligence smart tools work to make sure nothing falls through the cracks,
while saving time, helping more patients, and increasing production. Among the
Morning Huddle, a
presentation automated with the click of a button, that in 15 minutes unites
the dental team with clear and measurable goals, reviews yesterday, today,
tomorrow and next week, celebrates victories and creates teaching moments.
Call Insight, a
smart caller ID that improves patient experience and displays valuable patient
Ups, a daily communication assistant, auto-generates call lists for appointment
confirmations, hygiene recare and unscheduled treatment.
“Benco Dental and Dental Intelligence share a passion for innovating to help dentists achieve more,” said Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental.
“This product delivers measurable results through a remarkable combination of hindsight, insight and foresight so users learn from what has already happened, respond better to what’s happening now and anticipate how to react smarter and more efficiently in the future.”
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years.
INTELLIGENCE Dental Intelligence is the world’s
smartest software used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their
practices. Dental Intelligence simplifies the team’s daily activities that are
most important in improving patient health and increasing profitability in the
practice. To learn more, visit http://www.dentalintel.com/
ABOUT BENCO DENTAL Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-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 focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. 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.
This prestigious recognition in the publishing community benchmarks excellence in editorial and design. Winners will be announced October 30 in NYC.
Incisal Edge has earned finalist status in nine categories for the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of publishing.
The nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge, published by Benco Dental since 1997 — is recognized for its offerings across digital and print media, as well as video. Winners will be announced during a celebratory gala on October 30 during The Folio: Show at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.
Categories in which Incisal Edge is recognized include:
The Folio: team, along with their panel of
200+ judges, received more than 2,000 entries submitted this year in 33
categories. Other publishers among the 2019 finalists are: ESPN the Magazine, Forbes
Media, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation and Variety. View the full list here.
“The Eddie & Ozzie Awards recognize the pillars of magazine and digital publishing—outstanding journalism and content, photography, design, and the extremely talented people who produce it,” said Caysey Welton, Content Director at Folio:.
Dental Infection Control Awareness Month #DICAM19 is an annual, month-long campaign in September that shares the latest Center for Disease Control CDC information. Its aim: to build patient trust by sharing the stories of how dental teams practice patient safety.
The dental profession is taking impressive measure to keep patients safe. Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention has created a toolkit at OSAP.com to encourage dental practices to “Take Safety Viral!” and help promote patient safety and awareness
“Each week, we will be showcasing one specific element of dental infection control. We encourage you to participate, even if your focus is on a different aspect of dental infection control than what our weekly theme is.”
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
Their suggested schedule for the month of September is as follows:
Week one (09/01 – 09/07): Hand Hygiene
Week two (09/08 – 09/14): Dental Unit Waterlines
Week three (09/15 – 09/21): Personal Protective Equipment
Week four (09/22 – 09/30): Instrument Sterilization