Compact, Smart, Affordable 3D from ACTEON: Introducing X-Mind® prime

Real innovation meets true simplicity in a zero-footprint unit that installs practically anywhere in one hour and offers 2D and 3D capability.

The remarkably compact, lightweight, wall-mounted X-Mind prime 3D CBCT from ACTEON puts advanced capabilities within reach of more dental practices—especially those needing, or simply wanting, a unit that occupies less room.

X-Mind prime offers so much capability, in so little space. The latest addition to ACTEON’s 2D and 3D CBCT panoramic product line blends cutting-edge technology with enhanced simplicity. It demonstrates remarkable ingenuity by combining 2D and 3D technologies into a unit the size of a small chair. Yet, because it’s wall mounted, takes up no floor space.

Offering a wide range of panoramic (24) and CBCT (32) options, X-Mind prime covers many clinical applications, including implantology, endodontics, TMJ and sinus imaging. Practitioners can also scan 3D objects such as plaster models and silicone impressions, opening up a range of new possibilities.

When it comes to installation, X-Mind prime is especially flexible and designed to fit into even narrow spaces. At just 148 pounds, its light weight means it can go places where larger, heavier units can’t. X-Mind prime ships fully assembled. The speed of installation is unmatched: one box, one technician, two steps and that’s all. It does not interrupt a practice’s daily work and operations, so there’s no need to turn the schedule upside down on the day it arrives.

Another benefit of the unit: ease of use. Alignment lasers make correct patient positioning simple. Telescopic columns are adjustable from the simple control panel, and the unit is accessible for wheelchair users. Automatic chin support recognition, based on the type of operation selected, means error-free patient positioning.

The software keeps it simple, too. ACTEON Imaging Suite presents fully integrated, advanced and open architecture. With intuitive navigation and advanced functionality, it manages images for scanning and viewing as received from all ACTEON imaging devices and more. One minute is all it takes to edit an implant report.

In addition to support from Benco Dental, training for operation, patient positioning, and software can be provided in person by the local ACTEON rep. Plus, the ACTEON staff of technical service reps are just a phone call away to provide remote support if needed. Training videos may be found at http://www.acteongroup.com

“We’re committed to offering best of breed products to our customers,” said Sue Evans, Director of Equipment Merchandising for Benco Dental. “The X-Mind prime combines space efficiency, ease of installation and operation, and affordability with genuine overall capability.”

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.  Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

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.

No Inventory, No Sales Tax Worries: New Ways For Docs To Dispense Highly-Rated PRO-SYS® VarioSonic®

There’s a better way for patients to try an ADA Accepted power toothbrush right in their dentist’s office—and a new, hassle-free way for doctors to offer it.

The PRO-SYS CheckUp program delivers everything necessary to display and demonstrate VarioSonic. An attractive countertop display contains a working VarioSonic unit, brush heads and patient brochures. The demonstration and disinfection protocol is fast, simple and effective, using a fresh barrier sleeve and new brush head for each session. Not only do patients get to try it themselves, they also benefit from professional coaching during their visit to get the most from VarioSonic later when using it at home.

Doctors who don’t wish to maintain an inventory, or worry about collecting sales tax, can also participate in PRO-SYS Patient Direct. Benco Dental does all the work. It’s as simple as placing the order online on the patient’s behalf. Benco Dental will then ship items directly and credit the practice a percentage of the sale price.


CheckUp offers everything practices need to display and demonstrate VarioSonic.

Why VarioSonic? It’s an advanced, value-packed power toothbrush that competes with units costing much more. It earned the highest possible rating from The Dental Advisor (+++++, Excellent) based on a 96% overall score. It also won an Editor’s Choice nod, which is reserved exclusively for “a unique, significant product.”

Evaluators commented specifically on its choice of distinct cleaning modes (“I liked the option of 5 intensities”) and overall satisfaction with the product (“Very nice brush. Works well, is quiet and easy to use”). Patients called out VarioSonic’s long battery life (“Held its charge for my 10-day trip!”), comfort (“easier on my gums than my normal brush,” “light weight with calm vibrations”) and dexterity (“I was able to easily reach my back teeth”).

Even more remarkable: PRO-SYS VarioSonic’s suggested retail price to patients is $69—significantly less expensive than competing models that can’t offer the same flexibility, features or top-rated performance.

VarioSonic is among a limited number of power toothbrushes to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance. It delivers the perfect, essential combination of five unique brush heads and five distinct cleaning modes for a total of 25 possible intensities. The automatic timer feature guides users through each quadrant to ensure brushing for the optimal length of time. Plus, battery life is remarkable: up to a month under normal use when fully charged. VarioSonic is portable, easy to carry and comes with a travel case included. Each unit it backed by a one-year warranty.

To learn more, see your Friendly Benco Rep or visit pro-sys.com. Don’t have a Friendly Benco Rep? Call 1-800-GOBENCO to schedule a visit.  

About PRO-SYS

PRO-SYS is an owned brand of Benco Dental, one of the industry’s most recognized and innovative companies. It began as a line of Edison Award-winning manual toothbrushes and quickly grew into a complete oral care brand offering everything from the advanced VarioSonic power toothbrush to everyday essentials like toothpaste, floss and oral rinses.

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 Pennsylvania headquarters, one in Southern California and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune’s 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.

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster charted course for change. Dental leader dies at 80.

“Barrier breaker.”

The Washington Post aptly describes the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the American College of Dentists in a tribute to her passing.

Dr. Joan Bluitt Foster, 1938 – 2019

(Photo courtesy The Island Funeral Home)

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.

Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:

“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.” 

After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.

Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.

“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”

Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.

Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.

Tennis player’s life-saving trip to her dentist

American tennis player Nicole Gibbs can thank a recent dental visit for potentially saving her life.

“About a month ago, I went to the dentist and was alerted to a growth on the roof of my mouth,” she wrote on Twitter this week. “The biopsy came back positive for a rare cancer called mucoepidermoid carcinoma (salivary gland cancer). Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment.”

The 117th-ranked Gibbs, who made it to the third round of the 2014 US Open, was headed to the French Open but will skip it to undergo treatment. On the bright side, she said her doctor “okayed me to play an extra couple tournaments these past few weeks which served as a nice distraction.”

She is set to undergo surgery on Friday, May 17 and expects a four- to six-week recovery period. “My goal is to be back for Wimbledon qualifying at the end of June,” she wrote.

Celebrate Wellness Together With Your Entire Dental Team in October #LHP19

The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration is a perfect retreat for your dental team. Learn how to incorporate wellness concepts to build happier, more productive and engaged teams.
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For special group pricing, email ariviello@benco.com.

Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Details: https://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

In addition to honoring six inspirational women in the dental profession, earn 3 Continuing Education credits and benefit from guest speakers, panel discussions and more.

Want to attend The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration?

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
CE Credits: 3
Theme: What: Mind+Body+Soul, Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work
Ticket price: $199.00
Accomodation details: To extend your stay at The Blackstone Hotel, there is a Lucy Hobbs group rate of $255.00 plus tax per night (subject to availability).

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Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

What can you expect from this year’s event?

  • Hear From Diverse Leaders Who Understand Your Challenges.Running a thriving, rewarding practice means making yourself a priority. You can’t fully show up for your team as an effective and inspiring leader if you’re not in peak mental, emotional and physical health. Our panel of experts includes women who live your challenges everyday: successful practitioners, specialists, hygienists, office managers and more. Because it’s not about living up to unrealistic goals, it’s about becoming the best you.
  • Discover Ways To Practice For Optimum Body Health.The physical demands of dentistry can be punishing – and the effects only worsen as we age. But you can take steps now to improve your posture and ergonomics, whether you’re a dentist constantly hunched over patients, or an office manager too busy to leave your desk. Speakers will open your eyes to the latest techniques for being more mindful of your body and including more healthy motion in your day.
  • Get Real With Fun Solutions For Feeding Yourself & Family.Busy lives demand energy. But chances are, you’re not only fueling yourself, but family too. When the pressure’s on, it’s easy to compromise for the sake of convenience. A cooking and nutrition panel will help you live better through realistic tricks for incorporating healthy meals and snacks throughout the day…even when time is tight. From recipe planning to meal prep,  take away valuable tips you can use as soon as you get home.

About The Lucy Hobbs Project


The national, long-term program, powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, helps women in dentistry use their voices as a force for change. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, it supports the following pillars: innovation, networking, and giving back. To learn more, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: http://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

Which product is making the root-membrane technique simple, intuitive and effective?

IDS makes immediate implant placement in the esthetic zone faster, easier and more accessible than ever. Alternately known as socket-shield or partial-extraction therapy, the root-membrane technique offers extraordinarily long-term effectiveness, and the MegaGen Root Membrane Kit distills it into a straightforward, step-by-step procedure to enable more practices to delve into one of the fastest-growing areas […]

One-Day Dental MBA, Cannabis Culture and Dentistry … these topics and more are all part of a May 3 CE event in PA

Renowned dental experts, including Dr. Howard Farran, will convene in Northeast Pennsylvania on Friday, May 3 to share knowledge with lecture topics as varied as “The Fearless Dental Team,” “Cannabis Culture and Dentistry,” “Win the Insurance Game,” “Oxygen, Please,” and “One-Day Dental MBA”.

Dental professionals will gain CE credits and unique insight from Howard Farran, DDS, MBA, Leslie Icenogle, Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA and Kay Huff RDA at the 2019 Spring Fling sponsored by Benco Dental at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

For details, call 1.800.GOBENCO.

Want a sneak preview?

Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.25.29Dr. Farran’s “One-Day Dental MBA” lecture explains how to help build a remarkable dental office that will make a difference to the community. Spend the day learning practical hands-on applications that can be immediately translated to a dental practice team.

During “Win the Insurance Game,” Leslie Icenogle invites dental teams to maximize reimbursement for services rendered by discussing accurate coding and required supporting documentation, prompt filing and follow-up, common posting errors, inaccuracies in explanation of benefits and improper denials.
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Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA presents “Cannabis Culture and Dentistry” and “Oxygen, Please!”  The first discussion focuses on a rapid change in recent years in both public opinion and reported science concerning marijuana use and its effects.  The course will take a closer look at the changing Cannabis Culture:

What is the difference between hemp, and marijuana, THC and CBD? What about medical vs. recreational use? Methods of ingesting marijuana will be discussed, with their effects on the oral cavity. What are preventive oral health strategies dental professionals can utilize to best protect patients?

Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.38.32Jaecks’ second presentation aims to empower health care professionals to make positive choices for their physical and mental selves, resulting in better care for the patients they serve. Taking a cue from the American Nurses Association’s campaign Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ , health promotion strategies from this course will center on four focus areas: physical activity, sleep, nutrition, and quality of life. Healthy practitioners better ensure healthier patients.

In “The Fearless Dental Team,” Kay Huff, RDA asks the vital questions:

Are you afraid that your patients or your team won’t accept change? Does every decision your office makes revolve around the “what-ifs”?

She then reaffirms the concepts that it is vital to have a vision and share it. It’s OK to ask Screenshot 2019-05-01 17.41.30your patients for money and get paid. It’s OK not to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

She directs attendees to “Push fear aside and discover the success and benefits of a Fearless Dental Team.”

 

Support Oral Cancer Cause at today’s SocialThon #occsharingiscaring

In conjunction with the amazing Oral Cancer Cause, Inc. team of Linda Miles and Robin Morrison, John Stamper, Founder of DentalCast Productions announces that Dentistry’s First Ever, “Socialthon” will be hosted LIVE on the DentalCast Productions Facebook Page today, April 26,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Donate today: https://oralcancercause.org/product/2019-socialthon-donation/ Stamper referred to today […]