Benco Dental announces new mission statement

Some member of Senior Leadership with Benco employees and vendor partners.

Benco Dental’s home office, CenterPoint East in Pittston, Pennsylvania recently hosted an evening filled with drumrolls, a balloon drop and the announcement of a new mission statement. 

A few members of the leadership team for the largest independently owned dental distributor unveiled the new company mission statement on Wednesday evening in front of over 50 vendor partners. Vendor partners were in town for the annual Benco Leadership Forum, where equipment specialists, equipment support and regional managers attended seminars at Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, as well as a vendor fair where they were able to preview innovative products being released by these vendors in the near future. 

Managing Directors Chuck and Rick Cohen were joined by two members of the Senior Leadership team, George Rable, VP Culture & People and Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer, to share the exciting news with Benco employees and vendor representatives.

Chuck Cohen, Rick Cohen, Terry Barrett and George Rable introduce the new Benco Dental mission statement.

Over the last decade, the Mission statement had been, ‘We deliver success smile after smile’. The decision to revise it was motivated by the fact that Benco Dental is continually driving dentistry forward through innovation, as well as the family culture created over the last nine decades.

The mission statement is now, ‘We drive dentistry forward through our innovative solutions and caring family culture’.

With Benco being family owned and operated since 1930, those core family values are present throughout the company every day.

Managing Directors Chuck and Rick Cohen with the new mission statement in the lobby of CenterPoint East home office.

Chuck Cohen, one of Benco’s managing directors, spoke about the inspiration behind this change after the unveiling, “We really believe that our mission is to drive dentistry forward.”

Chuck Cohen discusses the inspiration behind Benco’s new mission statement.

The mission statement is just another example of how Benco Dental is setting itself apart from other dental distributors by focusing on the advancement of technology and services that help dentists to better serve their patients. 

Benco looks forward to helping dentists be better at what they do through these innovative solutions and a caring family culture.

Want to SmileTwice? Learn how brothers give back and support oral health

Two brothers, Julian and Cody Levine, joined in a mission trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas with Lenny Kravitz and his Let Love Rule Foundation in 2015 and returned with an idea that would allow everyone to enjoy the power that smile has to offer. That’s how they began creating Twice.

“We left (Eleuthera) determined to make a healthy smile accessible to everyone: by creating a product that would reflect the beauty, health and confidence embodied by the new smiles of our patients, then making sure that product gave back to the cause that inspired it all. Through years of research, development, and focused collaboration with industry experts, we were able to bring our vision to life.”

Julian and Cody Levine, according to SmileTwice.com

Drawn to giving back through dentistry

With two parents committed to philanthropy and innovation in the world of dentistry (their dad is renowned aesthetic dentist and prosthodontist Dr. Jonathan Levine and their mom is marketing authority Stacey Levine who championed the smile as the “centerpiece of beauty”) it’s no surprise that their sons decided to forge forward in the field. Dr. Jonathan and Stacey launched the GLO Good Foundation in 2010 to provide oral health care, tools, and education to those in underserved populations, giving them the gift of a healthy and confident smile.

Stacey Levine and Dr. Jonathan Levine during a mission trip.

Better brushing habits, more giving

After learning that 35% of people do not brush their teeth twice a day Julian and Cody Levine and Lenny Kravitz created Twice, a morning and night toothpaste.

“Our goal was to re-imagine brushing twice-a-day by creating an experience people would actually look forward to—every morning and every night.”

On the most recent trip to the Bahamas, Twice donated 700 tubes of toothpaste.

“Every purchase of Twice makes an impact. Through our partnership with the GLO Good Foundation, we commit 10 percent of our profits to funding more missions in Eleuthera and around the world.”


The Twice duo, Early Bird and Twilight.

Early Bird offers a wintergreen and peppermint flavor that is designed for waking up and preparing for the day. Twilight, a blend of peppermint, vanilla and lavender presents the perfect flavor to unwind and relax at night.

Learn more: https://shop.benco.com/Product/5425-863/twice-toothpaste-the-duo-2-x-34oz-pack-of-24?SearchId=b28017e0-351d-4096-aaae-3bc2545ddfbd

Julian and Cody collaborate with GLO Good Foundation to provide oral care, tools, and education to underserved populations. The video below explains how they are changing lives by giving the gift of a healthy smile.

Sponsoring smiles among the Incisal Edge #IE40Under40

More recently, Cody and Julian attended the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photoshoot in NYC and offered an opportunity for two of America’s Best Young Dentists to participate an upcoming mission trip to Eleuthera.

Those who attended the 40 Under 40 photoshoot and cocktail reception were able to sample Twice toothpaste and enter to win the opportunity of a lifetime. Two honorees were selected in a random drawing during the reception, and courtesy of Twice, Dr. Kady Rawal and Dr. Mark M. Dawoud (shown at top with Cody and Julian Leving) will receive a dental mission trip to the Bahamas in collaboration with GLO Good.  Below, view a video from the #IE40Under40 celebration:

Maintaining Mind+Body+ Soul while in the Windy City

Staying healthy while traveling is possible. Sometimes, though, even the best intentions to workout don’t come to fruition.
In planning for your Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration trip to Chicago this fall, take at look at the fitness center at The Blackstone as well as other outdoor areas where you can enjoy what Chicago has to offer while making your wellness intentions a reality.

The Blackstone offers a 24-hour fitness center for guests.

The Blackstone, an iconic downtown Chicago hotel where the 7th annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry with the theme Mind+Body+Soul will take place Oct. 3-5 ( Register today ! ), offers a fitness center (shown above) open 24 hours a day. No matter your schedule is, the fitness center fully-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and free weights accommodates.

“The expansive space, large number of equipment options, sweeping park/lake views, and graffiti walls provide an enjoyable and inspiring workout experience to our guests. Also, the graffiti walls are decorated with motivational quotes from sports legends and array of iconic Chicago sports team memorabilia.”

Clare Saviski, Marketing Director at The Blackstone.

4 ways to fit wellness into your trip

Lakefront trail, along the Lake Michigan coast in Chicago, offers plenty of incentive to be active.

A two block walk from the hotel: Lakefront trail (shown at top and above) and Grant Park (below), nestled between the city and Lake Michigan.

  1. Lakefront trail, an 18-mile long path, runs along the Lake Michigan coast. This trail runs through Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park. The trail is open to cyclists, runners and walkers who want to enjoy views the area has to offer.
Just two blocks from The Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration: Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain.

2. Grant Park features various art installations, sculptures and Buckingham Fountain to enjoy and hosts many sports and fitness opportunities.

Ready for lakefront recreation? Maggie Daley Park is one for all seasons.

3. Maggie Daley Park (above) a lakefront recreation center, offers an ice-skating ribbon in the winter, roller-blading space in the summer and two rock-climbing structures.

4. Hutchinson Field at the southern end of Grant Park houses a dozen baseball and softball fields and offers a large open area for events.

Utilizing The Blackstone’s offerings, as well as the trails and parks only a few blocks away, can help you stay healthy and energized throughout the celebration in October!

The skinny on the Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration #LHP19, which honors six women in dentistry and feature CNN’s Poppy Harlow.

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, 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”.

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

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional tours
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: Morning group yoga and healthy breakfast followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that finds homes for the 18,000 children living in Illinois foster care.
Grant Park (above), is nestled between the city and Lake Michigan.

Ready to register for Mind+Body+Soul at The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago?

To register for the event: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Incisal Edge to honor 2019 ‘40 Under 40’

America’s Best Young Dentists to convene at Manhattan celebration June 6, 7

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

PITTSTON, PA — May 20, 2019 — Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor 80 of America’s rising stars at a two-day event, June 6 and 7, in the NoMad district of Manhattan. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” released today, will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

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. Tuhina 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.

“The sheer volume of nominations has grown to a point where we could no longer narrow our honorees to just 40,” said Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge. “As doctors strive for greater excellence in every aspect of practice—from cutting-edge clinical expertise to innovative entrepreneurship to remarkable patient environments—it became necessary to provide more opportunities to recognize their important achievements. That’s a great problem for dentistry to have.”

The itinerary for 2019 honorees includes an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers. The top young dentists in the nation will take a well-deserved break from the rigors of medicine and receive the red-carpet treatment by magazine staff, and a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis. The photography portfolio they create will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. 

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.

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Members of the 2018 40 Under 40 are shown on the cover of the 2018 fall edition, photographed at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi, 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001. (Style Director Joseph DeAcetis/ Photography Sasha Maslov)

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.

Prepping for The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago October 3-5? #lhp19 #ie40under40

Check out a restaurant recommended from an #IE40Under40 honoree and Chicago resident.

Chicago Magazine rates this hidden gem the second best restaurant in the city. With its contemporary feel and luxury ingredients, it’s no wonder that The Oriole is one of Chicago resident’s Dr. Wenfei Wang’s favorites. Dr. Wang, an Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree in 2018, can’t wait for date nights at The Oriole with her husband, Dr. Alan Commet (shown at top).

The Oriole dining area. (Photos courtesy The Oriole)

In preparation for the upcoming 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago, October 3-5, (register today! ) attendees may be looking for hot spots to dine, and Dr. Wang is happy to offer a recommendation. “My favorite meals in the city have definitely been here,” said Dr. Wang.

The Oriole offers a 15-course, $195 fixed menu prepared by Executive Chef & Owner Noah Sandoval. Their specialty: impeccable flavor pairings of food and beverages.

“Their menu is designed to be a surprise set of courses, which is great for the indecisive eaters like me who hate to pick just a few items out of an amazing menu,” said Dr. Wang.

An example of The Oriole’s menu and sample plates.

Dr. Wang attributes the ambience and food to the incredibly professional and knowledgeable staff. They work within a 28-seat space with an open kitchen, giving the restaurant a unique and special vibe.

View of the dining area of The Oriole.

This restaurant offers an opportunity for Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration attendees to try some new and different flavors while in the Chicago area this October.

Speaking of the 7th Annual Celebration….

The 2019 Annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration is the perfect retreat for a dental practice. Thought leaders, panelists and networking events will focus on more than individual wellness. They’ll impart strategies for incorporating wellness concepts throughout a practice to build a happier, more productive and engaged team.

The theme: Mind+Body+Soul. Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work.
The idea: Celebrate wellness together with your entire team.

It’s all about the details

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Ticket price: $199.00
Event registration closes on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Register today – space is limited for this amazing event: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/
For more event details, please contact: Ali Riviello, am5963@benco.com 
or 570-602-7068

Benco Family Foundation provides support for oral health care for underserved children in Boston

On March 23, children and families visiting Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston received free chair-side dental screenings and oral health education. For the second year, the Benco Family Foundation has supported the ADA Give Kids A Smile Day event hosted at Tufts by providing toothbrushes, flossers and two-minute timers.

“Providing children with the dental supplies they need to practice good oral health care at home is part of the Benco Family Foundation mission to educate children on the importance flossing and brushing. We are dedicated to improving dental health in our local communities and proud to partner with Tufts at Give Kids A Smile Day,” said Rebecca Binder, Benco Family Foundation Executive Director.

The ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Day, created in 2003 by the ADA Foundation treats more than 5.5 million children per year, many with inadequate access to care. Cavities are the most common chronic disease of children in the United States: 80 percent of tooth decay is found in 20 to 25 percent of children, many of whom live in low-income households and do not have routine access to dental care. The faculty, staff, and students at Tufts, under the guidance of Dr. Martha Forero, provide a fun and educational environment for the oral health care of children at the Give Kids A Smile day, especially for those children without a dental home.

Since 2015, the Benco Family Foundation has assisted people worldwide through PRO-SYS® toothbrush donations with its Buy-One-Give-One program, and in that time has donated more than 1.1 million toothbrushes. For every PRO-SYS adult tapered or antimicrobial toothbrush purchased from Benco Dental, the philanthropic arm of America’s largest family-owned dental distributor donates a toothbrush to someone in need.

The Benco Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in its local communities and around the world. Established in 2005, the foundation supports oral health solutions and community organizations that are innovative, sustainable, measurable and impactful.

Learn more about the Benco Family Foundation: bencofamilyfoundation.org

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.

#ie40Under40 From teeth to chickens — how Dr. Wenfei Wang’s art skills benefit patients, kids … and her mother-in-law!

At her Endodontics practice in Chicago, Dr. Wenfei Wang uses her clinical skills to relieve patients from pain and her artistic abilities to ease their mind. Sometimes she’ll just pick up a notepad and create a quick sketch to illustrate how a procedure will benefit their oral health or to help them better understand the […]