Fall brings cool temps, colorful leaves and new dental innovations

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

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

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

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

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

The Xerostomia Relief Spray from 3M.

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

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

Read more about the 3M Xerostomia here.

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

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

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

The Palmero Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to learn more about the SA Cement Universal.

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

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

The Form 3 offers benefits on several fronts: 

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

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

The Form 3 3D printer from Formlabs.

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

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

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

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

The Collagen Plugs from Gibson Healthcare.

The collagen plugs offer several key features and advantages:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lab stones 
  • Plasters 
  • Pumice 
  • Acrylic 

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

3 steps to get started designing your dental practice

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

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

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

1. Select the right team

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

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

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

2. Create a mission portfolio

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

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

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

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

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

3. Attend a Build Your Future workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

What can you expect?

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

Also featuring:

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

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

• Learn what constitutes an effective floor plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Tristan Hamilton

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

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

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Dentists: Let’s celebrate #NationalTellAJokeDay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional benefits

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

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

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

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron on how struggles lead to success #IE40Under40

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, DMD, has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees.

Dr. Salmeron with Benco Dental Chairman and Customer Advocate Larry Cohen (left) at this year’s 40 Under 40 event in NYC.

This accomplishment, along with many other great feats, such as graduating from the top of her class at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine (while also waiting tables at her local diner) and starting a new dental practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas, makes it clear that Dr. Salmeron is equipped with a ferocious and undying drive to succeed.

The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Clevelang, Ohio.

Just as everyone faces difficult times, Dr. Salermon had struggles of her own to overcome while trying to pave the path for a career in dentistry.

Dr. Yuliya looked her troubles straight in the eye and came barreling at them, determined to overcome all of the odds pinned against her.

This determination and endless perseverance is the reason Dr. Yuliya Salmeron is where she is today.

Hardships growing up

Coming to the United States from Russia as a child, Dr. Yuliya had a bit more to work through than the average child.

The key to her success? Constantly staying positive. Her good attitude is responsible for all that she has and will continue to accomplish.

“I was hungry for a better life. My family was still in Russia, and I wanted to help them tremendously. Honestly, I had no time to be negative.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

This survival instinct sparked a fire in Dr. Salmeron, and she knew that she would stop at nothing to bring her family the life they deserve.

Despite this unwavering determination, Dr. Salmeron still admits that there were a few moments of fear and stress that made her question the achievability of her goals.

“The fear of failure came over me several times when I was going through college in my twenties; it caused a lot of stress.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Overcoming the struggles

By remembering all that she had on the line – both in her family life and professional life – Dr. Salmeron learned to overcome the stress and not let it bother her, no matter how intense things seemed to get.

“Without the safety net of my parents to back me up, I stopped doubting myself and realized that the only way I could go was forward.”

Soaking up the family time

Today, Dr. Salmeron soaks up every minute of family time she is blessed with.

Dr. Salmeron’s two sons visit her at her practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas.

“One of the best parts about my family life is being with my boys and watching them grow. They are incredibly smart, and sometimes the best memories are made doing something as simple as watching cartoons with them,” Dr. Salmeron said.

Prioritizing her practice

Apart from her family life, Dr. Salmeron also enjoys making memories in her professional career.  She aims to make a difference in her patients’ lives every day.

Dr. Salmeron’s practice, Edge Endodontics in Austin, Texas.

“As an endodontist, I try to save my patients’ natural teeth, so seeing them right away is critical when they are in pain.  I aim to create a relaxing, almost spa-like experience when I perform procedures that alleviate any discomfort they might be having.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Future Plans for her Practice

In the future, Dr. Salmeron plans to continue building upon her professional successes. Since her practice, Edge Endodontics, has only been up and running for a little over eight months, Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there’s still a lot of work to do.

“My goals include things like providing infinite support to my fellow dentists, as well as offering immediate appointments for emergency cases to relieve my patients’ pain,” Dr. Salmeron said.

Juggling it all

With running a new practice comes its own difficulties. Dr. Salmeron recognizes that there are still some roadblocks ahead, especially as a single parent in the field of dentistry.

“Juggling motherhood, personal relationships and my professional career is sometimes exhausting and very challenging,” Dr. Salmeron said. “Most people say it’s important to find a balance, but I don’t think there is one.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, DMD.

Dr. Salmeron realizes that it’s impossible to do all things well. Some days are more centered around her practice and other days around her kids. In the end, she has to remind herself of the sacrifices she’s making to ensure her kids have a good, solid future ahead of them.

Her advice to other doctors

In the end, Dr. Salmeron urges all others in similar situations to remind themselves that working hard doesn’t make you a bad mother, partner, friend, or anything along the lines.

Dr. Salmeron is looking forward to the challenges her future career will hold. The bigger the challenge, the better-suited doctor she will become.

“Opposition is good. Just as lifting heavier weights in the gym builds a stronger muscle, facing a harder challenge builds a better professional.”

Dr. Yuliya Salmeron

Dental innovation in the air

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 
As summer winds to its end, Benco Dental breezes in with a few advancements to consider, in the form of its Six Neat Things promotion.

The Six Neat Things featured from August 9 to 29 are, from left: TNN Needle Guide, GCI Tri Plaque ID Gel, Banditt Xtra Grip Forceps, Optimum+ NiTi Rotary Files, Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean and Mora Systems.

Bend Septodont Evolution needles more easily with the TNN Needle Guide

The TNN Needle Guide will allow dentists to more safely and effectively bend a Septodont Evolution needle to the 90° – 130° angle needed for the TNN Technique.

The TNN Needle Guide from Septodont provides pre-sterilization for single-use that protects patients from cross-contamination.

The TNN Needle Guide offers several features and benefits, which include:

The TNN Needle Guide allows needles to be more easily bent for dental procedures.
  • Guide for bending dental needles prior to use
  • Pre-sterilization for single-use that protects patients from cross-contamination
  • Groove to apply device to cannula of needle to protect against needle-stick injuries.

The guides can also be used in other dental procedures where dentists determine the need.

For more information on the TNN Needle Guide, click here.

Help your patients rid their teeth of stubborn plaque with the GC Tri Plaque ID Gel

This product allows patients to easily visualize the areas where they should concentrate and improve their brushing and flossing routine. It identifies areas were plaque still remains after teeth have been brushed.

The GC Tri Plaque ID Gel from GC America.

The GC Tri Plaque ID Gel offers several benefits, which include:

  • Ease of application and removal
  • Ability to assess the effect of dietary changes
  • Identification new, old, and extra-high caries risk plaque
  • Inclusion of sucrose to enhance acid-producing plaque

For more information on the GCI Tri Plaque ID Gel, click here.

Extend the life of your extraction forceps with the new Banditt Xtra Grip forceps

A Titan’s black Diamond Nano composite coating offers unique properties from natural diamonds, which gives the forceps a high micro-hardness, exceptional resistance when it comes to corrosion and even resistance to abrasive wear for up to 50 years. 

The Banditt Xtra Grip Forceps from A Titan.

These forceps offer many beneficial qualities that set them apart from their competitors:

  • Scratch-resistant
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Non-reflective in patients’ mouths

Additionally, the beaks of the forceps reduce hard- and soft-tissue damage. They also offer new beak innovation with biomechanics grooves that provide an unparalleled grip, compared to other forceps on the market.

Read more about the Banditt Xtra Grip Forceps here.

Efficiently and safely shape canals with the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files

This Benco Brands system offers file-to-file matches to other brands.

The different options offered from the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files shown above.

The Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files are compatible with the same motor, handpiece and setting as the other brands, so there’s no transition time.

Benefits of the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files include:

  • Shortened shaping time
  • Compatibility with existing handpieces and settings
  • Allowances for a wide range of canal morphologies

More information on the Optimum+ NiTi Rotary files can be found here.

Promote the formation of strong, permanent bonds with Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean

This universal paste effectively cleans the bonding surfaces of dental restorations that have been contaminated after intraoral try-in to create optimum conditions for the adhesive luting procedure.

Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean.

Ivoclean effectively cleans all types of restorative materials:

  • Glass-ceramics
  • Zirconium oxide ceramics
  • Aluminum oxide ceramics
  • Precious metal alloys
  • Base metal alloys
  • Lab-fabricated composite restorations

The economic and time-saving gel allows the try-in of pretreated restorations.

Click here to learn more about Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ivoclean.

Simplify office spaces and create better patient connections with Mora cabinetry

Mora from Herman Miller is a versatile casework solution that furnishes spaces across a facility and keeps people focused on each other.

A showcase of some of the work included in the Mora System by Herman Miller.

Mora cabinetry offers an alternative to traditional millwork and provides clean lines, thoughtful features and the ability for customization.

What does Mora offer?

  • Short lead times
  • Modularity
  • Field-replaceable parts
  • Modern healthcare design

Mora offers simple, yet elegant design features, all while keeping its functionality at the forefront of its purpose. This system allows doctors to achieve beautiful, well-running, practical office spaces.

Dr. Janice Doan to lead third location of A+Family Dentistry #IE40Under40

It all comes back to family

An alum of the Incisal Edge’s 2015 40 Under 40, Dr. Janice Doan never rests on her laurels – she continues demonstrate her hard working and ambition every day.

In recent years, Dr. Doan has made several advancements in her professional life as well as in her family’s practice, A+ Family Dentistry. These depict how dedication to career can result in endless opportunities for connection and empowerment.

Yesterday, A+ Family Dentistry announced that in addition to their locations in Poway and El Cajon, they are opening a third office in Sorrento Valley in mid-August. Founded by Dr. Justene Doan and Dr. Roger Tran in 2002, this family owned dentistry has been providing affordable dental care service to the San Diego community for over 17 years.


“With the two offices that are already established in different areas, the Sorrento Valley location will be managed by my sister Dr. Janice Doan to provide comprehensive dental care at affordable costs for those residing between Poway and San Diego.”

Dr. Justene Doan
Dr. Janice Doan holds the key to the A+ Family Dental location in Sorrento Valley which she will manage.

Community activist

Dr. Janice Doan

The further she advances in her dental career, the more Dr. Doan is recognized for her wisdom and abundance of knowledge.

A community activist, Dr. Janice Doan has also been volunteering and participating in various programs in the community including one called Give Back a Smile or GBAS. This program was established to connect eligible survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence who’ve received dental injuries from the abuse with volunteer cosmetic dentists throughout the United States and Canada.


“This year, the program I have volunteered for is to provide dental care to a domestic violence survivor who suffers from teeth injuries. The patient that I am working with suffered a life-altering situation that affects her smile and her well-being. As it is something that everyone sees and is such a major physical attribute, a smile can affect every aspect of life.”

“At A+ Family dentistry, we make it a point to let patients know that we’re here to help. Not only the dentists and the office want to help, but the businesses that support our dental office as well. One of our labs was also able to contribute the parts and ceramics imperative for this patient’s well-being, free of charge. Thanks to the GBAS program, she can now live her life as she was meant to, happily and with a gorgeous smile.”

Dr. Janice Doan

In need of support?

Those who needs help through GBAS can call the toll free number at (800)773-GBAS (4227), or email givebackasmile@aacd.com For more information visit http://www.givebackasmile.com.

Action to Win

Dr. Janice Doan has been sharing advice on topics such as freedom in the workplace and the empowerment of women in dentistry across several different platforms.

On August 9 and 10, Dr. Doan will be speaking at the “Action to Win” event at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, California. The event unites dentists from all over the world to discuss how to create profitable, impactful and enjoyable businesses.

Dr. Janice Doan featured in the “Action to Win” flyer.

Dr. Doan will speak about her role as a Community Influencer at this year’s event.

“I want to create a massive impact that will have a positive ripple effect not just in my own community, but also worldwide. A community isn’t just where I live, it’s who I connect with and who I can help.”

Dr. Janice Doan

The Dentist Freedom Blueprint

Dr. Doan was also able to share her wisdom when she featured as a guest on Dr. David Phelps’ podcast, “The Dentist Freedom Blueprint”.

Dr. David Phelps’ “The Dentist Freedom Blueprint”.

“The ultimate goal is freedom physically, financially, and spiritually, and what that means for each person. For me, it is being able to prioritize and be willing to sacrifice some things for others so that I can reach my goals,” Dr. Doan said.

Dr. Doan reflects on what she was doing well in her professional career and figures out how to duplicate her areas of success. Ultimately, Dr. Doan aims to create systems that work well and are simple enough for everyone to adopt.

Family life: Leading by example

Dr. Doan also showcased how her professional life relates to her family life. In regard to her five-year-old son, Jake, Dr. Doan said she often teaches him the how to handle the basics of life through leading by example.

She enjoys watching her son pick up on these behaviors and eventually implement them.

Dr. Janice Doan smiles with her 5-year-old son, Jake (left).

“For example, I went to the gym for my workout. Jake came with me and wanted to do what I was doing. He and I had a great training session at the gym with my trainer,” Dr. Doan said.

Dr. Doan loves watching her son adapt and pick up on the positive habits she sets forth for him. Family has and continues to be a staple in Dr. Doan’s life.

Gaining strength through strife

Family holds such a special place in Dr. Doan’s heart mostly because of the hardships she and her family first encountered when they arrived in the United States from Vietnam.

As a child, Dr. Doan grew up with her brother and sister, all of who were raised by their grandparents. Absent from their early childhood lives were their parents, who were raising their youngest brother in a different city.

Childhood photo of Dr. Janice Doan and her family.

Dr. Doan said growing up without her parents around was difficult, but she knew what they were sacrificing to ensure that she and her siblings would have plentiful, successful lives. Dr. Doan explains what occurred when they reunited.

“When we finally reunited for good, it was awesome, but also very difficult. We had all grown so much that rekindling that relationship again was difficult,” Dr. Doan said.

What made everything fall back into place though was the solid foundation of love her parents put in place.

Dr. Janice Doan with her family at a younger age.

“Having such a strong foundation of love really helped us through everything. Being able to build on that foundation even more made it all worth it,” Dr. Doan said.

Getting started in dentistry

Her family was even the spark that lit Dr. Doan’s passion for dentistry, stemming from her sister’s education to her own summer volunteer work.

Dr. Doan first became interested in dentistry when she visited her sister while she was enrolled at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

Through these frequent visits, Dr. Doan watched her sister learn about dentistry through lab and clinical work. Dr. Doan was inspired meeting some of her sister’s professors and peers.

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC hosts the annual Dental Explorers two-week camp.

Additionally, Dr. Doan took part in a summer program called “The Dental Explorers”. The two-week summer camp hosted by the University of Southern California helped Dr. Doan fall in love with dentistry even more.

“I enjoyed the summer camp so much that right after I finished dental school, I became the director for the Dental Explorers Program and taught the summer class,” Dr. Doan said.

What’s happening now?

To no surprise, both themes of family and dentistry continue to be central in Dr. Doan’s life. Her family’s practice, A+ Family Dentistry, keeps improving and expanding.

Dr. Doan said the goal of the family practice is not success but rather accessibility.

“We want to help people, not just in Poway and San Diego, but everywhere. The way to do this was to open another office in Sorrento Valley to help the people there,” Dr. Janice Doan said.

Dr. Betsy Carmack: Dentist, bodybuilder and worldwide champion. #IE40under40

A “Sports-Center” life

Dr. Betsy Carmack has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her accomplishments. She and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack run four dental offices in Bennington, Rutland and Shaftsbury, Vermont and carve out time for humanitarian outreach, family and other passions in life.

One that has always been central to Dr. Betsy Carmack’s life: Sports. Her childhood days were filled with everything from gymnastics, dance and cheer to basketball, softball, track and swimming.

However, as Betsy entered her teen years, she knew she could only focus on one or two sports. Ultimately, she made the choice to continue her cheerleading and gymnastic careers, and competed in both sports throughout all four years of high school.

Vanderbilt University

Betsy continued her cheerleading career at the collegiate level when she attended Vanderbilt University to earn her undergraduate degree.

Academics win the race

Dental school brought about quite a change in Dr. Carmack’s life; as someone who was always involved in athletics, attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine meant that she had to dedicate the majority of her focus on academics.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Dr. Carmack got involved in competitive athletics again. Having just moved to Connecticut and preparing for her upcoming wedding, she began to work with a trainer at a local gym.

It was there that she was introduced to head trainer Sherry Carature and several other women who were prepping for an upcoming fitness show.

Getting back into the game

Dr. Carmack was not only attracted to the idea of getting involved in a sport again but also the opportunity to bond and make some new friends, which she was able to do right away.

“I was immediately drawn to and inspired by Sherry and connected seamlessly with the other girls,” Dr. Carmack said.

After going through the group training, Dr. Carmack competed in her first fitness show, Fitness Atlantic, in April 2010.

Fitness Atlantic, 2010

Even though she did not place in the show, Dr. Carmack said that she cherished the experience because she made a ton of new friends and fell in love with the sport’s contagious energy.

Time off pays off

Dr. Carmack had to take some time off from bodybuilding and fitness shows once she and her husband, Dr. Tyler Carmack, welcomed their two children to the world. However, once they settled into their new roles as parents, Dr. Carmack was inspired to return to the sport once again. This time around the results were a bit different.

In 2014, Dr. Carmack re-entered the fitness competition world, and she was eligible to compete in the Master’s Division.

Being in this division allowed Dr. Carmack to compete against women who faced similar life situations and circumstances. Eager to compete once again, Dr. Carmack trained for and placed 4th in the Green Mountain Thaw, an all-natural bodybuilding competition hosted in Vermont.

Green Mountain Thaw is an annual fitness competition hosted in Vermont.

Dr. Carmack returned to the Green Mountain Thaw in 2018, and all of her hard work paid off, earning her the 1st place spot in the Open Tall Division and the Overall Bikini Division.

These two victories meant that Dr. Carmack received a World Beauty Fashion and Fitness (WBFF) Pro Card, along with a spot to compete in the World’s Competition in Las Vegas that August.

The World Beauty Fashion and Fitness Inc. features 9th place winner Betsy Carmack.

To prepare for this competition, Dr. Carmack completed more advanced training than ever before. At the WBFF World’s competition, Dr. Carmack not only bonded with many other like-minded fitness women from all over the globe, but also had the honor of finishing 9th worldwide in her first Pro Fitness Show.

Training behind the scenes

As if the weightlifting didn’t seem challenging enough, Dr. Carmack also took several other steps to prepare for each of her competitions.

“In bodybuilding, half of the difficulty is training your body through weights and cardio, along with knowing your angles and poses. The other half is training your mind, self- discipline and determination.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack
Dr. Betsy Carmack during a fitness photoshoot.

With such a tight schedule as a dentist, mother and humanitarian, Dr. Carmack acknowledged how difficult it is to stick to a diet when training. She often ate six meals a day, all of which consisted of vegetables, proteins, and carbs. On top of all of that, she drank a gallon of water a day, at minimum.

Goal-oriented and determined, Dr. Carmack used her objectives and desired results as the drive to keep her on track when her training challenged her. Overcoming obstacles like time constraints, energy shortages and doubt was easy once she pictured herself on stage competing.

By keeping her goals at the forefront of her mind, Dr. Carmack was able to shrink the troubling obstacles she faced, allowing her aspirations and dreams to shine through.

Life outside of the fitness world

Dr. Betsy Carmack and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack (left).

At present, Dr. Carmack is taking time to focus on her family life and her career. She is currently receiving training on dental implants and advanced surgical techniques from the Misch International Implant Institute.

This fall, she’ll be sharing her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago. Dr. Carmack will join 10 incredible speakers, including CNN’s Poppy Harlow at this celebration of women in dentistry. On the panel “Healthy Me,” Dr. Carmack and three other experts will discuss proven methods of staying in a positive headspace while working under stress. Find out details and register to attend: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

This fall, Dr. Betsy Carmack will share her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago.

Despite her busy professional and home life, Dr. Carmack still makes time to work out five to six days each week and has enrolled in a few trail races this summer. Dr. Carmack hopes to make a return to the competitive world of bodybuilding once the timing is right for both her family and her career.

Want to start your own fitness journey?

As for her advice to fitness challenge newcomers, Dr. Carmack urges anyone considering it to just go for it.

“Whether it be running, dieting, lifting or walking, find a challenge and sign up! Decide, commit, succeed.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack

Just as Dr. Carmack first began training with a group of her friends, it may be beneficial to find a training partner to make a set, recurring schedule. Dr. Carmack relied on her own accountability and determination to achieve her training goals and urges everyone else to do the same.

“Keep your head in the game and your body will follow.”

Dr. Besty Carmack advises fitness enthusiasts.

Extending a helping hand

The challening journey to humanitarianism

Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.

Apart from being both a dentist and an architect, Dr. Tristan Hamilton is also an avid humanitarian. From his first medical mission in Western Zambia to his current clinic in Grenada, mission work has always been a staple in Dr. Hamilton’s life.

After spending some time in Western Africa, Dr. Hamilton said he knew that mission work was his passion. This ultimately led him to create the Church Street Clinic in the city of St. George’s on the island of Grenada.

Dr. Hamilton said Grenada proved to be one of the more difficult places that he has done mission work in, mostly due to their strict regulations.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton during some of his early mission work.

“I’ve been all over the world doing mission work and doing every aspect of mission work; whether I’m building a facility, using my hands to do construction, or whether or not I’m doing medical or dental work. It’s never been difficult to actually do good, except in Grenada,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Dr. Hamilton was fully expecting to see patients when he first arrived in Grenada, but a quick call from the liaison in the United States changed all of that.

Instead of being able to sit down and care for the patients in Grenada, Dr. Hamilton said he spent his first day scrambling around to try and get his dental license passed by the Grenada Medical and Dental Council.  

“I spent a whole entire day visiting four different government offices, and at the end of the day, they only qualified me to be able to do sealants,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton with his family in Grenada.

Although being approved to do sealants may not seem like that big of a deal, Dr. Hamilton counted this as a huge victory and even said he learned some other lessons from that challenging, hectic day.

“That day made me aware of a lot of things, like how patients are a great virtue to have,” Dr. Hamilton said.

Overcoming other hardships

Construction barriers

Dr. Hamilton still had some hurdles to get over once his license was approved in Grenada. Construction in third-world countries is not always the easiest, and Dr. Hamilton said the builders had to get creative sometimes.

“We were inspecting the office and got down into the basement where I inspected the suction and the compressor. I walked right outside to see that the drain hose from the hi-vac suction was sticking out of the window of the basement and into the gutter of the stree. Totally normal, right?” Dr. Hamilton said.

The difference in something as simple as what materials were being used really blew Dr. Hamilton away.

Even though some of the projects had to be redone, both the builders and Dr. Hamilton were able to work together to get the clinic up and running.  

 Being in two places at once

While doing work at the Church Street Clinic, Dr. Hamilton soon realized that his consistency would make the biggest impact on the community. This was a hard pill to swallow because his original plans did not include him being in Grenada full-time.

Dr. Hamilton assessing the inventory at the Church Street Clinic.

“My vision for the Church Street Clinic was that I’d go down a few times a year and spend a couple of weeks serving the people of that area, but then I asked myself, what happens in the mean time?”

Dr. Hamilton soon became concerned about what would happen to the patients who needed a dentist when he wasn’t readily in the country. It was hard for him to accept the fact that he wouldn’t be the ultimate cure-all for the St. George’s community.

Thankfully, Dr. Hamilton was able to find a solution to this problem with the help of Dr. Noel. Dr. Noel will act as the boots on the ground year round, catering to those patients in need when Dr. Hamilton isn’t around.

“Now we have somebody that’s in place and that’s really committed to giving back to her people. Now we have that consistency within our clinic’s setting to provide the greatest impact to the community.” Dr. Hamilton said.

Apart from Dr. Noel, there are two other volunteers who help out at the clinic. Dr. Hamilton is even in the process of hiring a dental hygienist to work at the clinic that would act as another constant presence for the community.

Why it’s all worth it

Though the process of creating and working in the Church Street Clinic were troubling and difficult, Dr. Hamilton said he persevered for all of the moments that fill his heart with joy.  It’s not just about the dental work Dr. Hamilton does for his patients, but about going that extra mile and showing his patients that he cares.

“Once they know that you care, you become more than just some outsider who’s there for a two-week fix,” Dr Hamilton said.

Dr. Hamilton said going above and beyond with his patients has always proven to make the greatest impact above all.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton (center) during his mission work.

His mission work has taught him that he’ll never know what’s about to walk through the door, just that he has to be prepared to try and offer the best care that he possibly can. “My take home was that I need to provide a quality of care no matter what I encounter,” Dr. Hamilton said.

One patient that’s close to Dr. Hamilton’s heart is a man who had a mass removed from the right side of his face. Dr. Hamilton knew that this patient was in a dire situation, since the five-centimeter mass blocked his right eye and went down towards his jaw.

The patient’s reaction after the procedure is one that Dr. Hamilton will remember for the rest of his life.

“His first comment was, ‘Now I can get a girlfriend because I don’t have this mass on my face!’” Dr. Hamilton said.

Future Plans

As Dr. Hamilton continues to improve the clinic, he’s also aiming to expand his reach to the other surrounding islands. “There’s a couple of different islands within the chain, such as Carriacou , that we’re eventually trying to get to with a mobile dental unit in order to serve some of the people who have a harder time getting to Grenada to be treated.”

Even though majority of the clinic’s patients come from Grenada, Dr. Hamilton wants to be able to extend his treatment and care to all of those who need it.

Dr. Hamilton with a child during his mission work.

Dr. Hamilton plans on traveling down to the Church Street Clinic this upcoming September. He has certain goals to achieve for the clinic and hopes to see a lot of progress get made. Even though the clinic is functioning, Dr. Hamilton realizes that improvements can and always will always be made.  

Supporting the clinic

Those interested in supporting the Church Street Clinic can do so directly on the clinic’s Facebook page. The Church Street Clinic team accepts all donations including things like thoughts, prayers, monetary donations and even instruments and supplies.

Want to volunteer?

Don’t worry about a lack of dental knowledge or experience.

Volunteers can take on a variety of roles, including ones where they act as additional support.

Dr. Hamilton realizes that oftentimes it’s the extra help and support that makes the biggest difference in mission work such as the Church Street Clinic.

Benco Dental gets creative about community support

The giving season is every season at Benco Dental. This month, it includes a Christmas in July food drive at the company’s home office in Pennsylvania. Each department competed to see who could raise the most money and donate the most food.

The CEO Food Bank in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

The money collected is being donated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the food is being donated to the CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) Food Bank. The competition took place over the past two weeks, and the departments got a little competitive.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Talk about competitive spirit

Truckloads of donations in the IT department

Benco associates unload a trailer full of non-perishables donated by the IT department.

The IT department was determined to donate as much food as they possibly could for the food drive.

To accomplish this goal, some associates brought in trailers full of non-perishables to contribute.

By Friday, July 19, the IT department had collected a whopping 1,452 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables.

“Wow… the most impressive thing about the win is that we won for the right reasons. The IT Team really got behind giving back to the community and making a difference – mission accomplished! Thank you to everyone in the IT team who passionately participated!”

Benco Chief Information Officer Mike Burns

What’s better than a sweet treat after lunch?

Associates in the Marketing and Supply Chain department decided to take a sweeter route to help raise their donations.

The team decided to host a bake sale in Kitty’s Kitchen, the company cafeteria where all of the CenterPoint East associates eat lunch during work days.

The Marketing and Supply Chain team members contributed baked goods for the sale, and their hard work resulted in an additional $365 in donations.

Operations department takes action to ‘ketchup’ in the rankings

Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, was determined to help the Operations department a higher ranking than in previous years.

That would explain why Lisa and two of her peers, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control and Returns, dressed as the summer picnic favorites of ketchup, mustard and a hot dog to solicit donations around the building.

Operations department associates at Benco Dental dressed in festive costumes to create excitement for the Christmas in July community fundraiser from left: Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control.

The effort put forth by the three Operations associates proved to be effective, considering they earned $187 on their walks around the building.

They traveled around the second floor and down to the first floor of the building to see if their costumes would persuade employees in other departments (aka their fundraising rivals) to donate.

The Operations Trio collects donations from associates in the Tooth Room.

Apart from their costumed collection to help out good causes, the Operations and Finance team divisions also hosted a “pie-the-manager” or “pie-the-supervisor” competition, where associates could contribute funds via individual jars that featured their managers’ and supervisors’ names.  

How did the competition ‘wrap’ up?

The food drive competition drew to its end Wednesday, July 24, and the results have finally been announced.

The IT department led the company in first place, managing to collect a total of 4,571.20 lbs. of food and monetary donations. This beats their last year’s total of 3,603.75 lbs.

Overall, the entire building raised a grand total of 11,868.87 lbs. in both food and monetary donations. This beats last year’s total by 77 lbs.

Who’s getting a pie in the face?

As the food drive came to an end, so did the intense sub-competition within the Operations and Finance Departments.

All Operations Managers and Supervisors were at risk of getting a face full of pie, but only two will actually have to face the desserts head on.

Darren Savage, Returns and Vendor Credits Supervisor, had a total of $422.95 donated to the Pie-the-Manager competition. Mike Zwierko, Manager of the Distribution Center, earned second place with donations placed in his jar. These two Benco Associates were able to collect the most money and food within the Operations Department and each will receive a face full of pie next week.

Pie, hot dogs, baked goods … it all led to more support for those in need in one Pennsylvania community

No matter who ends up getting pied, all that matters is that the Benco community was able to come together to make a difference for those in need.

Summer sizzle? Cool dental products have you covered.

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 
As the July temperatures sizzle outside, Benco Dental presents a few of cool advancements to consider in the form of their Six Neat Things promotion.

The Six Neat Things featured from July 19 to August 8, are, from left: Two Striper Dental Diamond Instruments, PRO-SYS™ JetFloss, Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement, Ivoclar Vivadent 3s PowerCure System, and DCI Edge bluetooth dental chairs.

Fix faulty chairs in a snap with DCI Edge Bluetooth technology

The DCI Edge dental chairs offer Bluetooth technology for quick troubleshooting.

Now offering Bluetooth diagnostic capabilities, DCI Edge chairs allow dentists to get to the root of issues faster than traditional dental chairs.

What does this mean for your office?

  • Reduced downtime
  • Reduced service calls
  • Reduced disruption

The chairs are also equipped with a circuit board that communicates with a web app and stores error codes that aid in diagnosing problems both onsite and remotely.

The Bluetooth technology connects with a web app to make problem-solving easier.

How the technology benefits your office

The new Bluetooth DCI Edge chair technology saves time, money and frustration for both doctors and their patients.

The PRO-SYS JetFloss offers effortless flossing all through the power of water.

The PRO-SYS JetFloss.

This water-powered flossing system is more versatile and flexible compared to traditional dental floss.

With 12 quick connect tips, it’s easy to leave your whole mouth feeling clean.

  • Jet tip: reaches around teeth and under the gumline more effectively than floss.
  • Orthodontic tip: washes away plaque and particles around braces, bridges and crowns
  • Periodontal tip: provide cleanliness and comfort by massaging the gum tissue all while reaching into the pockets for a deep clean.
  • Tongue tip: keeps breath fresh by removing bacteria from the very back of the tongue.
Some of the tips offered with the PRO-SYS JetFloss from left to right: jet tip, orthodontic tip, peridontal tip and tongue tip.

On top of all of that, the PRO-SYS JetFloss even keeps your breath fresh with its tongue tip, which removes bacteria from the very back of the tongue, an area not easily reached by traditional toothbrushes or dental floss.

This water-powered flossing system is easy to clean and care for with self-contained tip storage and a large 800ml. water reservoir.

To learn more about the PRO-SYS JetFloss click here.

Never worry about a loose crown or bridge again with the Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement.

The Centrix NoMIX Temporary Cement.

This single-component, moisture-activated temporary cement is a perfect short-term solution for loose crowns and bridges. The professional-strength cement saves both doctors and patients from making emergency trips to the office. The NoMIX Temporary Cement gives patients an alternative solution to provisional crown failures.

The take-home applicators help avoid unscheduled visits and late-night trips to the dentist office by allowing patients to temporarily reseat their own crowns.

What are Centrix’s NoMIX Temporary Cement benefits?

The NoMIX Temporary Cement comes in convenient take home tubes.
  • Ease of use, dispensing, cleaning and removal from prep
  • Syringe delivery for chairside application
  • Take-home applicators for patient use emergencies
  • Slight expansion upon setting for a tight margin seal
  • Low-film thickness
  • Eugenol-free, so it won’t interfere with resin placements

Learn more about the NoMIX Temporary Cement here.

Create long-lasting Class I and Class II adult composite restorations with Ivoclar Vivadent’s 3s PowerCure system.

Ivoclar Vivadent’s 3s PowerCure System.

By offering a three-second curing process, this system shortens the curing process greatly. The kit offers a variety of pieces that all aim to reduce the number of materials, shorten the process, lower the chance of errors and deliver high quality esthetics for your patients.

The 3s PowerCure offers automatic assistance that ensures reliable curing results. The curing light automatically detects movement of the handpiece and even alerts the user of improper use by vibrating and automatically extending the exposure time by 10%.

Items offered in the 3s PowerCure System Kit.

What’s included in the kit?

  • The Bluephase PowerCure curing light
  • The new Tetric Powerfill and Powerflow composites
  • The Adhese Vivapen bonding agent

For more info on the 3s PowerCure System, read about it on Benco’s website.

Make impressions even easier with DenMat’s The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays.

The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Tray by DenMat.

The Gripper® Double-Bite Impression Trays offer a versatile function of being both an impression tray, as well as an ergonomic thumb grip that doubles as a writing surface.

This impression tray is a metal-plastic hybrid that fits most patients and a comfort to VPS dual arch impressions. The slim profile and soft mesh lining offer maximum strength and accuracy without causing any discomfort to patients.

The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays offer:

  • multi-functional trays that fits most
  • ergonomic thumb grip that also doubles as a handy writing surface
  • double-reinforced design with wall grooves for superior material retention and precision

Read more about The Gripper Double-Bite Impression Trays here.

The Two Striper Diamond Dental Instruments offer diamonds that last longer and deliver faster than other brands.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack of diamond dental instruments from Two Striper.

Two Striper burs are developed with a proprietary P.B.S. brazing process that is recognized as the best bonding system in the industry.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack offers a variety of different instruments.

The Assorted TSZtech 5-Pack offers the highest-rated all-ceramic-cutting and is especially effective on today’s new generation of tougher ceramic materials

The Diamond Standard Two Striper offers many benefits such as fewer burs, less chair time and happier patients.

Check out more info on the Two Striper Diamond Dental Instruments here.