Benco Dental announces strategic collaboration with Dental Intelligence

The nation’s largest independent dental distributor aligns with Utah-based leader in the industry known for top software used to track, analyze, manage and grow dental practices.

Dental Intelligence, a leader in helping dental practices use actionable data to improve patient care, team collaboration, and practice profitability, aligns with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor. Their shared goal: helping all dentists in the United States grow in ways that are important to them and their patients.

Dental Intelligence logo

“All of us at Dental Intelligence are thrilled with this opportunity to be aligned with a dynamic organization like Benco. We love how focused they are on addressing and resolving the many unique challenges faced by the dental industry today.”

Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.
Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.

“Our company has a single vision: To help dental practices to do more and even better dentistry, more efficiently. Everything we do revolves around this purpose – and we’re passionate about succeeding. Benco’s commitment to helping the practices they work with achieve greater success makes them an ideal partner for Dental Intelligence. We’re so excited to work together,” says Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.

The Pleasant Grove, Utah-based company connects to a doctor’s Practice Management Software, then analyzes instantly, automates, finds opportunities, and communicates. Dental Intelligence smart tools work to make sure nothing falls through the cracks, while saving time, helping more patients, and increasing production. Among the smart tools:

  • Morning Huddle, a presentation automated with the click of a button, that in 15 minutes unites the dental team with clear and measurable goals, reviews yesterday, today, tomorrow and next week, celebrates victories and creates teaching moments.
  • Call Insight, a smart caller ID that improves patient experience and displays valuable patient opportunities.
  • Today’s Follow Ups, a daily communication assistant, auto-generates call lists for appointment confirmations, hygiene recare and unscheduled treatment.

“Benco Dental and Dental Intelligence share a passion for innovating to help dentists achieve more,” said Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental.

Terry J. Barrett, Benco Dental Chief Marketing Officer

“This product delivers measurable results through a remarkable combination of hindsight, insight and foresight so users learn from what has already happened, respond better to what’s happening now and anticipate how to react smarter and more efficiently in the future.”

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years.

To learn more about Dental Intelligence software, used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices.  please visit: https://offers.dentalintel.com/benco-snapshot

ABOUT DENTAL INTELLIGENCE
Dental Intelligence is the world’s smartest software used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices. Dental Intelligence simplifies the team’s daily activities that are most important in improving patient health and increasing profitability in the practice. To learn more, visit http://www.dentalintel.com/

ABOUT BENCO DENTAL
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Incisal Edge named finalist in 9 categories for 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards

This prestigious recognition in the publishing community benchmarks excellence in editorial and design. Winners will be announced October 30 in NYC.

Incisal Edge has earned finalist status in nine categories for the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of publishing.

The nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge, published by Benco Dental since 1997 — is recognized for its offerings across digital and print media, as well as video. Winners will be announced during a celebratory gala on October 30 during The Folio: Show at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

Incisal Edge has earned finalist status in nine categories for the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of publishing.

Categories in which Incisal Edge is recognized include:

Eddies, awards for journalism

  • Column / Blog, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, Larry’s Collection – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Series of Articles, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, Design Features – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Video, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, “I Am Lucy Hobbs” – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Website, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, IncisalEdgeMagazine.com – Benco Dental (shown below)

Ozzies, awards for design

  • Cover Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, Fall 2018 – Benco Dental (shown at top)
  • Feature Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, 40 Under 40: the 8th annual Kind of Blue, Fall 2018 – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Overall Design (Single Magazine Issue), B2B: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Photography, B2B, Print: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Site Design, B2B: Incisal Edge, IncisalEdgeMagazine.com – Benco Dental (shown below)

The Folio: team, along with their panel of 200+ judges, received more than 2,000 entries submitted this year in 33 categories. Other publishers among the 2019 finalists are: ESPN the Magazine, Forbes Media, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation and Variety. View the full list here.

“The Eddie & Ozzie Awards recognize the pillars of magazine and digital publishing—outstanding journalism and content, photography, design, and the extremely talented people who produce it,” said Caysey Welton, Content Director at Folio:.

Incisal Edge is a previous recipient of an Ozzie Award for Under40Summit.com in the category of Site Design for in 2018. To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

Are you prepared for Dental Infection Control Awareness Month?

Dental Infection Control Awareness Month #DICAM19 is an annual, month-long campaign in September that shares the latest Center for Disease Control CDC information. Its aim: to build patient trust by sharing the stories of how dental teams practice patient safety.

The dental profession is taking impressive measure to keep patients safe. Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention has created a toolkit at OSAP.com to encourage dental practices to “Take Safety Viral!” and help promote patient safety and awareness

“Each week, we will be showcasing one specific element of dental infection control. We encourage you to participate, even if your focus is on a different aspect of dental infection control than what our weekly theme is.”

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

Their suggested schedule for the month of September is as follows:

Week one (09/01 – 09/07): Hand Hygiene

Week two (09/08 – 09/14): Dental Unit Waterlines

Week three (09/15 – 09/21): Personal Protective Equipment

Week four (09/22 – 09/30): Instrument Sterilization

Visit for resources: https://www.osap.org/mpage/dicamresources

Follow OSAP on social media

Ready to Design the Future?

The 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a seventh straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation in dental practice design. This year’s challenge for visionaries everywhere: Big Design Statement, Small Space in the Incisal Edge Design of the Future category.

Who can enter?

Students, architects, interior designers, dentists, anyone with the vision to create a workplace for the dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow are invited to enter by Incisal Edge, the country’s premier dental lifestyle magazine.

What can you win?

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • $2,000 prize
  • an “Incisal Edge Design of the Future Winner” seal to be used in a portfolio
  • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue

Second prize winners will receive:

  • $1000 prize

Learn more about Design of the Future contest details

Select Design of the Future and complete the corresponding nomination form at IEDesignContest.com

Entries will be accepted through November 29, 2019 for Design of the Future category. A juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs.

Read about the 2019 award winners, including RiNo dental, created by Alexis Wilson here.

A 2017 Syracuse University graduate, Alexis Wilson was interested in ways to help people combat their fear of the dentist. She got intrigued by “forest bathing,” a concept—especially popular in Japan—“where you’re just in the forest, absorbing the atmosphere,” Wilson told Incisal Edge. “I had the idea to create a nature-inspired interior but add some personality as well.” Her design for RiNo Dental, shown above, earned the 2019 Design of the Future grand prize in the Incisal Edge Design Competition.

Ready to enter? Get started.

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

For complete contest terms and conditions visit: https://www.benco.com/contest-instructions/

Headed to San Fran for the ADA FDI World Dental Congress? Mark Wahlberg is too.

On Thursday, Oscar-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg will serve as keynote speaker of the ADA FDI 2019 Opening Ceremony and General Session. The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which he founded in 2001, travels across the U.S. to create a dialogue around the dangers of opioid abuse.

“Wahlberg’s long-standing allegiance to philanthropic outreach and the Foundation’s efforts to address opioid abuse align with the work of ADA and dentists across the country. Join us during the Opening Ceremony and General Session to hear more about this important work and to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary global impact that ADA and FDI dentists make every day.”

WorldDentalCongress.org

Wahlberg, a committed philanthropist, works to improve the quality of life for inner-city youth through the Foundation, helping them to be successful and lead extraordinary lives.

Who else will inspire attendees?

Alison Levine, team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition and author of the New York Times Bestseller, On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments, will present Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and offer a small group session – a Fireside Chat at 3:30 p.m.


Her goal: to inspire attendees to reach new heights and discover how the principles that lead to success in the world of extreme adventure also apply to the everyday settings—in a dental practice and in life. Levine will share authentic parallels between the mountains and the uncontrollable events that you deal with every day. Set against the backdrop of her remarkable expeditions, she will provide a framework to help you scale the ‘big peaks’ you aspire to climb and offer unorthodox advice about how to take risk, improve teamwork and deal with changing environments.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time. Find out how below.

Register here.

For the full preliminary schedule, visit the main General Information page. Event registration is completed through the online registration process. For education events, visit the Continuing Education pages.

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.

Benco Dental announces strategic alliance with Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.

Vivos and Benco Dental will collaborate to help make all dentists in the United States aware of the company’s unique apnea treatment.

Vivos Therapeutics, a company focused on addressing the root causes of mild to moderate sleep apnea, has signed a cooperative agreement with Benco Dental to help broaden the Vivos System’s reach and ensure all dentists in the United States are aware of their patented system for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

With a widened airway and easier breathing, the symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing often fade away and patients lead a more productive life. Shown above, upper airway, before and after treatment with the Vivos System.

“Sleep apnea is a serious and growing health epidemic facing America.”

“Our newly formed partnership with Benco Dental will allow our revolutionary technology to reach dentists and their patients throughout the United States and introduce them to our VIP program designed specially to help clinicians achieve success, regardless of their experience levels in sleep dentistry.”

Kirk Huntsman, CEO at Vivos

The Vivos System is a non-invasive, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, multidisciplinary treatment modality for mild to moderate OSA that does not require lifetime care for most patients. The proprietary and virtually painless Vivos System enhances and increases the upper airway and offers patients what is believed to be the first truly effective non-surgical, non-invasive and potentially lasting solution. Moreover, clinical results are typically achieved quickly (in about 18 to 24 months or less), and at a relatively low cost to consumers.

“Our company has a long history of bringing to market innovative products from trailblazing companies.”

“The Vivos System stands as one of those potential gamechangers because it’s a possible curative solution—a technology-enabled, multidisciplinary, comprehensive solution that dentists are uniquely qualified to apply. The Vivos vision of empowering clinicians to rid the world of OSA is keenly aligned with Benco’s own commitment to driving dentistry forward and opening new worlds of treatment possibilities.”

Chuck Cohen, managing director at Benco Dental.
Benco Dental will collaborate with Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. to help make all dentists in the United States aware of the company’s unique apnea treatment. Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, shown, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, leveraging innovative solutions and a caring family culture in delivering a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide.

What’s happening next?

  • The partnership will launch with a series of events beginning in October 2019.
  • Vivos and Benco also plan 27 seminars— one in every Benco sales territory—during Q1 of 2020.

Benco customers in all 50 states will have an in-person opportunity to learn more about the treatment, how it helps OSA sufferers and increases the practitioner’s value to patients, plus helpful resources available for integrating it into their practices.

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, leveraging innovative solutions and a caring family culture in delivering a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years.

Want to learn more right now?

To learn more about the patented Vivos System for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and how it can increase dental practice revenue, please visit: www.bit.ly/vivosvip

About Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.

Headquartered in Denver Colorado, Vivos Therapeutics Inc. is research and development company that provides training for dentists and health care providers, allowing them to integrate breathing wellness into their practice. The Vivos System is a proprietary, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment protocol, administered by a multidisciplinary team of highly-trained health care professionals. This revolutionary technology represents the first-ever hope for a lasting solution to the problem of sleep apnea.

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.

Tufts University new dental dean shares insight on mentoring

On July 1, Nadeem Karimbux, (shown, courtesy TuftsNow) an accomplished dental educator, researcher, clinician, and leader, shifted into his new role as the seventeenth dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. As dean, Karimbux will oversee the school’s community of more than 900 students and residents, 450 faculty, including 200 volunteer faculty, 300 staff, and 8,600 alumni, according to TuftsNow.

Karimbux has been the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine since 2012. His career spanning more than 25 years has focused on dental education, research, and clinical care.

In a recent interview with Tufts Now, the university’s site for news, events, photography, videos, and more, Karimbux explained his thoughts on mentoring:

Mentorship has been something that has been critical to my development. While I was at Harvard, I was lucky enough to work with a mentor, the dean of dental education, who gave me a lot of responsibility as a junior faculty member. I learned from my mistakes, but was also exposed to things that allowed me to develop.

I believe mentoring for students and faculty is a critical part of what we do. Ever since I’ve been at Tufts, I’ve had a cohort of four students per year that I mentor. Setting aside time to be with those students, to have dinner with them, and to listen to their stories is critical for me to understand. When they come to me to work on a research project or get some advice about career, I see the impact that you can have as a mentor.

I also work with faculty one on one, whether it’s on a new course or working on research projects. It’s allowed me to appreciate the growth that you can give to junior faculty when you spend that kind of time with them.

Nadeem Karimbux

Read more about his personal journal and hopes for the School of Dental Medicine in the article by Helene Ragovin: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/conversation-school-dental-medicine-s-new-dean

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:

Premier CEO talks AI and dentistry with WSJ

As President and CEO of Premier Dental Products Company, a family business that develops, manufactures and distributes dental products worldwide, Julie Charlestein (shown above) is the first woman and the fourth generation of the Charlestein family to lead the company, which was founded by her great grandfather, Julius Charlestein, in 1913.

In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Agam Shah, Charlestein discussed how she believes Artificial intelligence (AI) will keep the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania- based business “alive for another century.”

Charlestein, who was voted one of The Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report, is leading Premier through its next evolutionary phase. Her aim: driving relevance to the marketplace with a customer-driven mindset underpinned by a focus on technology, data, brand strength, and human capital.

From his discussion with Charlestein, Shah explains Premier’s process:

“The company is using machine-learning algorithms to analyze historical sales data, information on dental procedures purchased from a data company, and U.S. dental industry trends to predict which products dentists are likely to need. Premier then uses that insight to determine what to promote. For instance, the company’s analysis spotted a need for a special clay paste for crowns and bridges, prompting it to boost marketing of its Traxodent product.

AI also helped the company identify the best applications for its SmartCap technology. The material provides long-lasting protection from tooth decay through microcapsules filled with fluoride, calcium and phosphate. Premier took information about SmartCap and matched it up with information from dentists on how they would most likely use the technology. The AI helped it figure out that more relevant applications for the product would be in areas such as sealant to protect enamel from decay. The company dedicated more resources in putting SmartCap in the applications recommended by AI, holding back from using it in other products to stave off the risk of dentists not using it.”

“Deciding not to do something in medical device development is as valuable as deciding to do something.”

Julie Charlestein, Premier President and CEO, discusses the value of AI in a recent Wall Street Journal interview.

Read the complete Wall Street Journal interview: https://on.wsj.com/2XormXk (free log-in needed for full text)